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British Ex-Premiers Johnson and Truss Oppose Revision of Brexit Protocol: Unacceptable

British Ex-Premiers Johnson and Truss Oppose Revision of Brexit Protocol: Unacceptable

Former British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss will vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday against the deal on new Brexit rules for Northern Ireland. The new deal is “unacceptable,” Johnson told The Telegraph newspaper on Wednesday.

“The proposed measures would mean Northern Ireland remains trapped in the EU legal order and increasingly distant from the UK,” Johnson said. Or the entire United Kingdom would not be able to enjoy Brexit. “That is unacceptable,” said the former Conservative party leader.

His successor Liz Truss would also vote against the agreement. The reason given was that the revised Northern Ireland protocol would have a “near fatal” effect on the UK’s ability to deviate from EU regulations.

The House of Commons will decide on the deal on Wednesday afternoon, which has been negotiated for years. By voting against, both Johnson and Truss opposed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who also succeeded them as party leader. The new deal should facilitate trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Initially negotiated in the wake of Brexit, the Northern Ireland Protocol provides for a customs border in the Irish Sea. This is intended to avoid border controls between Northern Ireland and EU member state Ireland to prevent a flare-up of old conflicts in the area. But the arrangement entailed difficulties, such as sending parcels or transporting pets.

Johnson himself signed the Protocol on Northern Ireland, which is binding under international law, but quickly criticized it. Other Conservative MPs also plan to vote against the new agreement, which Sunak negotiated with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The government expects about twenty votes against from its own ranks.

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