UK takes another step to adjust Northern Ireland trade relations


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The British House of Commons passed government legislation to change trade relations with Northern Ireland by 295 votes to 221. The proposal now moves into the so-called committee phase, where the text is further evaluated and amendments can be added.

Earlier this month, the government in London announced plans to amend the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol, which is part of the Brexit deal with the European Union and to ensure that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland after Brexit. Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and Ireland is part of the EU. Such a border could jeopardize a costly peace between pro-Irish Catholics and pro-British Protestants on the island.

But the protocol complicates trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK and forces Northern Irish to continue to follow Brussels rules, London laments. The European Union then launched three criminal proceedings against the UK.

This proposal is also not controversial in British circles. Not everyone in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s conservative party voted in favor. Former Prime Minister Theresa May, among others, disagreed with the government’s plan. “It is not legal, it will not achieve its objectives and it will reduce Britain’s prestige in the world,” May said.

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