UK to draft law to revise post-brexit n.ireland trade rules

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UK to draft law to revise post-brexit n.ireland trade rules

Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arrives in London on June 7, 2022 to attend a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London. NIKLAS HALLE'N AFP LONDON Britain will present legislation to parliament on Monday to revise the post-Brexit trade arrangements for Northern Ireland, raising the risk of a trade war and a new clash with Brussels.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is going to present the bill to the House of Commons, according to a parliamentary order paper published on Friday.

Britain is threatening to rip up the Northern Ireland Protocol, a trade deal for the British-run region that was hit by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government in order to secure a divorce and a wider trade agreement between Brussels and London.

London said that the protocol has damaged trade within the United Kingdom and threatened political stability in Northern Ireland.

The new legislation was designed to simplify the rules, but it has drawn criticism in Brussels and Washington, where it is seen as an inflammatory move that violates an international treaty.

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Maros Sefcovic, European Commission vice-president, said in May that Brussels would respond with all measures at its disposal. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the US House of Representatives, said there could be no US-UK trade deal if London proceeds with the plan.

The protocol allowed Britain to leave the EU's single market and customs union without controls on the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, vital to the 1998 Good Friday peace deal that ended three decades of violence.

By striking a deal, it agreed to a customs border between the British-owned region of Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

The bill will set out how the terms included in the protocol would now be defined in domestic law, according to the order paper. There won't be a debate on the bill at this stage.

The Times reported this week that the legislation had undergone substantial drafting and redrafting after Johnson, badly weakened by a narrow victory in a confidence vote, came under pressure from his backers to toughen the terms.

To get the legislation through Parliament, Johnson will need to get support from all sides of the party. Four in 10 of his lawmakers voted to ditch Johnson in the confidence vote, and some have expressed concern about the bill.

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