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MNI: N. Ireland Bill May Not Pass Commons Before Break-IfG

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The UK's Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, which risks triggering retaliatory trade measures, may take time to be approved.

The UK’s Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, which overrides parts of the Brexit agreement and could trigger retaliatory trade measures from EU, may not get through the House of Commons before the summer parliamentary recess begins on July 22, an Institute for Government official told MNI.

While the second reading of the bill has been completed, its committee stage is not due to start until July 13 and the timetable is very tight, as the government will need to find three days for it before the summer recess and only four are still available, noted IfG senior researcher Jess Sargeant.

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The UK’s Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, which overrides parts of the Brexit agreement and could trigger retaliatory trade measures from EU, may not get through the House of Commons before the summer parliamentary recess begins on July 22, an Institute for Government official told MNI.

While the second reading of the bill has been completed, its committee stage is not due to start until July 13 and the timetable is very tight, as the government will need to find three days for it before the summer recess and only four are still available, noted IfG senior researcher Jess Sargeant.

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