Uk Withdrawal Agreement House Of Lords
The Northern Ireland Protocol, known as the Irish Backstop, was an annex to the November 2018 draft agreement outlining provisions to avoid a hard border in Ireland after the UK`s withdrawal from the European Union. The protocol provided for a provision of the safety net to deal with the circumstances in which satisfactory alternative arrangements were to come into force at the end of the transition period. This project has been replaced by a new protocol that will be described as follows. I am afraid that there is, as we have seen on countless occasions – this is not a change or a novelty – that we are simply asking the EU, with all due respect, to accept free trade agreements with us that are similar to those it has concluded with other nations around the world. We do not believe that this is an inappropriate request or aspiration. We also ask them to respect and understand the decision of the British people that they want – I make no apologies for using this word – sovereign control of their laws, borders and waters. We have been able to present a package which now means that the protocol can be implemented in a pragmatic and proportionate manner. It takes into account the Belfast Agreement and Good Friday in all its dimensions and protects the interests of both the EU internal market and, more importantly, the territorial and constitutional integrity of the whole of the United Kingdom. The agreement will be formally approved at a joint committee meeting in the coming days. Of course, the agreement we have reached also allows the government to withdraw clauses 44, 45 and 47 from the UK Internal Market Act and avoids the need for additional provisions in the Tax Act (post-transition period). Having questioned the primacy of the sovereignty of this place when we leave the EU, we are certain that such provisions are no longer necessary. I now turn to the government`s first commitment. This agreement protects the free access of Northern Ireland businesses to their main market.
As the Prime Minister pointed out, this had to be fully protected, which meant that any prospect of de exporting goods from Northern Ireland moving from Northern Ireland to Britain had to be eliminated. That`s what our agreement is going to do. These movements are not subject to additional requirements for businesses in Northern Ireland, with very limited and trade-specific exceptions to the threatened species and conflict diamonds. Gentlemen, all Members of this House are aware that the Isle of Man is halfway between the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, but it has never been a member of the European Union itself and is not involved in the United Kingdom`s accession to the EU. This relationship depends on Protocol 3 of the British Act of Membership. This protocol also allows the island to be part of the Customs Area of the European Union. Will the minister double or triple the interests of the Isle of Man if they are covered by this agreement and incorporated into this agreement? “I would like, with the permission, Mr President, to keep Parliament and the people of Northern Ireland informed of the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol as part of the withdrawal agreement with the European Union. In 2020, we worked hard to ensure that the withdrawal agreement, in particular the Northern Ireland Protocol, was fully operational on 1 January 2021.