Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

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Public bill presented to Parliament by the UK Government on 13 June 2022, making provision about the effect in domestic law of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland which is part of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, about other domestic law in subject areas dealt with by the Protocol and for connected purposes.

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The Bill aims to provide the basis to amend the operation of the Protocol in the domestic law of the United Kingdom. It aims to disapply elements of the Protocol, and provide delegated powers to Ministers to make new law in connection with the Protocol (including where provision ceases to have effect in the UK). Additionally, the Bill aims to provide delegated powers for Ministers to provide that other provisions of the Protocol should cease to have effect in the UK, as well as to implement any agreement with the European Union regarding the Protocol.

The Bill was introduced for first reading on 13 June 2022. The European Commission promptly reacted to the decision of the UK Government to table this Bill. On 27 June, the Bill was approved in second reading and in third reading on 20 July. By November 2022, the House of Lords carried out its scrutiny concerning the Bill.

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University College London (UCL): The Constitution Unit Blog: Tag: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
The Spectator, 17/05/2022: Take back control: a plan B for Northern Ireland
Verfassungsblog, 29/05/2022: British Cavalier Attitude. Why the EU Should Push the UK to Trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol
Law Society of Scotland: Research & Policy, June 2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill. Second Reading Briefing
Politico, 12/06/2022: 5 things to watch for in the latest Northern Ireland Brexit bust-up
The Guardian: Explainer, 13/06/2022: Is Northern Ireland protocol bill just ‘relatively trivial set of adjustments’?
The Guardian, 13/06/2022: Northern Ireland protocol: what is the ‘doctrine of necessity’?
The Times: Editorial, 13/06/2022: The Times view on the Northern Ireland protocol bill: Brexit Undone
The Guardian: Editorial, 13/06/2022: The Guardian view on the Northern Ireland protocol bill: reckless provocation
The Spectator, 13/06/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol is a problem Boris created
The Irish Times, 13/06/2022: Protocol bill is more extreme and far-reaching than anticipated
BBC News, 13/06/2022: NI Protocol: Does Boris Johnson have support for bill?
The New Statesman, 14/06/2022: Boris Johnson may live to regret picking a fight over the Northern Ireland protocol
Verfassungsblog, 15/06/2022: British Bare Necessities. The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill and the doctrine of necessity
UK in a Changing Europe: Commentary, 15/06/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: “by necessity”
Institute for Government (IfG): Blog, 17/06/2022: Four questions for parliament on the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
Cambridge University: Faculty of Law: Law in Focus, 17/06/2022: 'Does the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill breach international law?
UK in a Changing Europe: Commentary, 21/06/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill and its constitutional implications
UK Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA): Blog, 21/06/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: A comparative perspective on the parliamentary role in the amendment of major international agreements
Centre for European Reform (CER): Insights, 27/06/2022: Four reasons why the UK's Northern Ireland Protocol Bill is a mistake
The New Statesman, 28/06/2022: Liz Truss’s Northern Ireland bill is all about her
Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe): Spotlight, 01/07/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
The British Medical Journal (BMJ): Opinion, 06/07/2022: Breaking the Northern Ireland protocol would create problems for health and care
The Constitution Society: Blog, 07/07/2022: On the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
EPRS: At a Glance, July 2022: The UK's Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA): Publications, 02/08/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
Welsh Senedd: Research Articles, 08/08/2022: Will the Welsh Government recommend consent for the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill?
Senedd Cymru: Research Articles, 20/09/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill explained
UK Parliament: House of Lords Library Briefing, 05/10/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: HL Bill 52 of 2022–23
UK in a Changing Europe: Commentary, 11/10/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill – not enough and far too much?
Policy Exchange: Briefing Paper, 11/10/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill. A Policy Exchange Briefing Paper
Briefings for Britain: Briefings, 13/11/2022: Lord Lilley’s defence of the Protocol Bill’
UCL: The Constitution Unit Blog, 15/11/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill Northern Ireland: dangers and opportunities for London

BBC News, 16/04/2022: Brexit: Boris Johnson not ruling out law to override protocol
BBC News, 17/05/2022: Northern Ireland: Liz Truss sets out new law on post-Brexit trade deal
RTÉ News, 07/06/2022: UK bill proposal would override Northern Ireland Protocol
ITV News, 07/06/2022: Legislation to change Northern Ireland Protocol expected to reach Parliament on Thursday
The Independent, 09/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill amounts to ‘agitator legislation’ – Beattie
The Guardian, 10/06/2022: Bill on overriding Northern Ireland protocol to be published next week
The Guardian, 11/06/2022: Boris Johnson warned NI protocol ‘rule-breaking’ will repeat mistakes of Partygate
BBC News, 12/06/2022: NI Protocol: UK override bill 'won't break international law'
The Guardian, 12/06/2022: Opposition MPs demand full legal advice on Northern Ireland protocol bill
BBC News, 13/06/2022: NI Protocol: UK reveals plans to ditch parts of EU Brexit deal
The Telegraph, 13/06/2022: Brexit Bill: Four big changes the UK is making to the Northern Ireland Protocol
CityAM, 13/06/2022: Truss unveils ‘reasonable’ bill to rip up Northern Ireland Protocol
ITV News, 13/06/2022: UK initiates plan to override Northern Ireland Protocol
The Telegraph, 13/06/2022: Boris Johnson: EU trade war over Protocol would be a ‘gross overreaction’
The National (Scotland), 13/06/2022: Boris Johnson claims Northern Ireland Protocol Bill changes 'not a big deal'
The Irish Times, 13/06/2022: UK publishes bill to override much of Northern Ireland protocol
Bloomberg, 13/06/2022: Boris Johnson Says Plan to Amend Northern Ireland Protocol Is ‘Not a Big Deal’
Politico, 13/06/2022: UK vows to ‘remove’ EU court from Northern Ireland Brexit protocol
The Guardian, 13/06/2022: CBI warns UK government over Northern Ireland protocol
Sky News, 14/06/2022: Majority of Northern Ireland assembly members say they reject 'reckless' protocol legislation
ITV News, 23/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill to get second reading in Commons on Monday
BBC News, 23/06/2022: NI Protocol bill's second reading expected next week
Politico, 25/06/2022: Tory Brexiteers will back Northern Ireland protocol bill
The Guardian, 27/06/2022: Northern Ireland protocol bill passes Commons vote
RTÉ News, 27/06/2022: MPs in UK vote to back Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
BBC News, 28/06/2022: NI Protocol: MPs to vote on plans to ditch parts of Brexit deal
Reuters, 28/06/2022: UK's Northern Ireland trade bill passes first parliamentary hurdle
The Guardian, 28/06/2022: Tory rebel seeks ‘meaningful vote’ over Northern Ireland protocol bill powers
The Guardian, 01/07/2022: Johnson risks breakup of UK over Northern Ireland protocol, says Varadkar
Politico, 03/07/2022: Germany and Ireland slam UK’s plan to scrap Northern Ireland agreement
RTÉ News, 07/07/2022: UK govt to push ahead with NI Protocol bill
BBC News, 13/07/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol: MPs reject changes to controversial bill
ITV News, 14/07/2022: MPs vote against amendments to controversial bill
City AM, 17/08/2022: Truss and Sunak admit NI Protocol Bill won’t pass parliament any time soon
Reuters, 17/08/2022: UK's Truss says she is determined to deliver N. Ireland bill in full
The Irish Times, 11/10/2022: Warning of damage to NI business and politics if protocol Bill passed
Reuters, 12/10/2022: UK's Liz Truss: Northern Ireland Protocol bill will proceed if needed
The Guardian, 21/10/2022: Labour to step up efforts to stop ‘reckless’ Northern Ireland protocol bill in Lords
BBC News, 25/10/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Lord Clarke says it is poisoning UK-EU relations
ITV News, 31/10/2022: House of Lords set to discuss Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
RTÉ News, 07/11/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill branded 'a pig of a law' as it clears latest stage

UK Government: Collections: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
UK Parliament: Publications: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill - Explanatory Notes
Scottish Parliament: Bills and Laws: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
UK Government: Press Release, 13/06/2022: Government introduces bill to fix the Northern Ireland Protocol
UK Government: Policy Paper, 13/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol: the UK’s solution
UK Government: Policy Paper, 13/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: UK government legal position
Scottish Government: News, 13/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol legislation “reckless”
The Alliance Party: News, 13/06/2022: Protocol Bill – Very Bad for Northern Ireland and Entire UK
UK Government: Press Release, 27/06/2022: Foreign Secretary: Bill will fix practical problems the Protocol has created in Northern Ireland
Welsh Government: Written Statement: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (NIP Bill) (28 June 2022)
Scottish Government: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Ministerial statement (29 June 2022)

Wikipedia: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

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