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Foreign Sec Outlines Potential Bill To Scrap NI Protocol @ 1230BST


Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is due to outline potential legislation that would unilaterally disapply sections of the Northern Ireland protocol at around 1230BST (0730ET, 1330CET) in the House of Commons.

  • This would not be the full presentation of the bill, but a precursor, outlining the provisions the bill may contain. Politico reports that the actual bill could be presented at the start of June at the earliest and could take a full year to pass through both the Commons and the House of Lords.
  • Cristina Gallardo at Politico tweets a useful summary on what could come out today:
    • "Britain could take action on customs paperwork for GB-NI goods due to stay in NI before the legislation is enacted. Pretty much all the other proposed changes (VAT, state aid, ECJ) would need to wait until UK ministers gain the necessary powers from the bill."
    • "The Commission has prepared a draft statement which will be updated in accordance to what Truss says. Their aims are to continue being "the adult in the room" as a diplomat puts it to me, and resume talks in the 2nd half of the year. Nobody denies the situation is tense."

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