UK to introduce legislation to alter Northern Ireland Protocol, announces foreign secretary

Liz Truss says legislation will be brought to parliament in next few weeks

2022-05-17 16:08:28


The UK government will introduce new legislation in the coming weeks to change parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced Tuesday.

Truss added that she is open to further talks with the EU and has invited Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission vice president.

She also said that the “proceeding with the bill is consistent with our obligations under international law.”

“This is not about scrapping the protocol,” she added.

The announcement came a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland for a round of talks with local political parties over the formation of the new power-sharing government in the wake of the May 5 elections along with protocol issues.

The Conservative Party government in London and the Democratic Unionist Party have argued that the protocol creates a sea border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain and therefore is not acceptable in its current form.