Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Stephen Doughty has warned Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ bill on the Northern Ireland Protocol would seriously harm relationships with the European Union and the rest of the world, as the UK would lose its legitimacy to commit to its trade deals. Liz Truss announced in a much-awaited speech her plan to scrap part of the Northern Ireland Protocol with a series of proposals that, she says, abide by international laws.
Speaking in the House of Commons, MP Doughty warned: “It would drive a downward spiral in our relationship with the EU that will have damaging consequences for British businesses and consumers.
“The right response to these challenges cannot simply be to breach our commitments.
“It is deeply troubling for the Foreign Secretary to be proposing a bill to apparently breach the treaty that the government itself signed just two years ago.
“That will not resolve issues in Northern Ireland in the long term and rather it will undermine trust and make a breakthrough more difficult.”
MP Doughty added the potential consequences breaching the Northern Ireland Protocol could have on foreign relations.
“Speaker, this goes beyond the matter of trade.
“Britain should be a country that keeps its world.
“The rest of the world is looking at us and wondering if we’re a country that they want to do business with.
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“There is no long-term unilateral solution, only a solution that works for all sides and delivers for the people”, MP Doughty said.
“And businesses of Northern Ireland will have the due ability and provide the political stability that businesses crave and the public deserve.
“Unnecessary barriers will only hamper business, inhibit trade and undermine confidence and consent.”