The leader of the Uttar Pradesh, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, told Conservative MPs in the Backbench Committee of 1922 that the Northern Ireland Protocol was “a good deal for Brussels, but a bad deal for the UK”.
C Jeffrey met with influential groups as part of his efforts to pressure the government to remove the so-called Irish Sea border.
I have a meeting with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefkovic on Thursday ahead of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’s meeting to discuss negotiations on a post-Brexit deal.
Speaking after the meeting, Sir Jeffrey said: “This was a welcome opportunity to outline the Conservative Parliamentary Party, to reiterate the extremely damaging and destabilizing effect of the Protocol on Northern Ireland and the need for imminent action by the HM Government.
“In short, it’s a good deal for Brussels but a bad deal for the United Kingdom.
“I used this momentous occasion to set out a clear and unequivocal assessment by pro-Union voices of Northern Ireland that, if this is abandoned, the Protocol would address the economic and constitutional deviation of Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom. Will give birth
“A position that no conservative and federalist government ever should or cannot accept.”
Northern Ireland is required to implement EU law, without any input from UK representatives
The protocol barred a tough border on the island of Ireland after Brexit, but introduced new trade barriers across the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.
While the EU has made concessions on its operations, particularly to reduce the flow of drugs, this has not satisfied many who oppose it.
The DUP has said that the system is not sustainable as it does not have the support of the federalist community.
Sir Jeffrey stated that the members of the 1922 Committee expressed “clear concern” at the continued role of the European Union in the internal affairs of the United Kingdom.
He added: “Without any input from UK representatives, Northern Ireland is required to implement EU law and is subject to the jurisdiction of the EU courts.
“The current temporary grace period may save Northern Ireland from the complete economic devastation of the Protocol, but at the current cost to our economy of £2.5 million each day, businesses in the United Kingdom cannot sustain continued enforcement of the Protocol.
“There was a clear understanding from the 1922 Committee, that the Protocol was imposed on Northern Ireland without the support of its people and a clear recognition that the parties in Northern Ireland who had previously argued for its ‘drastic implementation’ now accept That the current systems are not working.
“The mistakes in the protocol must be corrected at the earliest and I welcome the strong words of support from the Conservative Parliamentary Party to reverse the harmful consequences of the current system. Now is the time to take action
“Parliament will play a vital role in restoring Northern Ireland’s place within the United Kingdom’s internal market in line with the Government’s Command Paper and in guaranteeing the people of Northern Ireland in the New Decade, New Approach Agreement.
“Later this week the Foreign Secretary will meet with European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefkovic, to discuss whether rapid progress should be achieved to remove the Irish Sea border.
“The support of Conservative MPs would represent significant progress in getting the government to fulfill its commitments soon.”
The Foreign Secretary has replaced Lord Frost in leading talks with the European Union on the protocol.
Ms Truss said earlier this week that she would suggest a “constructive proposal” to her EU counterpart Maros Sefkovic during her first one-on-one talks this week.
But it also said it was “willing” to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which would suspend parts of the treaty designed to prevent a hard border with the republic, if any agreement was reached. cannot be done.
Ms Truss held meetings with the DUP and Sinn Féin earlier this week.