Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

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Series Details 58/3, Number 12
Publication Date 2022
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Summary:

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 August 2022, the Bill was with the House of Lords.

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Commentary and Analysis
The Spectator, 17/05/2022: Take back control: a plan B for Northern Ireland https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/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 https://verfassungsblog.de/british-cavalier-attitude/
Law Society of Scotland: Research & Policy, June 2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill. Second Reading Briefing https://www.lawscot.org.uk/media/373272/northern-ireland-protocol-bill-second-reading-briefing-june-2022.pdf
Politico, 12/06/2022: 5 things to watch for in the latest Northern Ireland Brexit bust-up https://www.politico.eu/article/brexit-northern-ireland-trade-europe-5-things-to-watch/
The Guardian: Explainer, 13/06/2022: Is Northern Ireland protocol bill just ‘relatively trivial set of adjustments’? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/13/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’? https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jun/13/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 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-the-northern-ireland-protocol-bill-brexit-undone-swms2q76f
The Guardian: Editorial, 13/06/2022: The Guardian view on the Northern Ireland protocol bill: reckless provocation https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/13/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 https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-protocol-is-a-problem-it-s-one-that-boris-created
The Irish Times, 13/06/2022: Protocol bill is more extreme and far-reaching than anticipated https://www.irishtimes.com/world/uk/2022/06/13/protocol-bill-is-more-extreme-and-far-reaching-than-anticipated/
BBC News, 13/06/2022: NI Protocol: Does Boris Johnson have support for bill? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61779552
The New Statesman, 14/06/2022: Boris Johnson may live to regret picking a fight over the Northern Ireland protocol https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk-politics/2022/06/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 https://verfassungsblog.de/british-bare-necessities/
UK in a Changing Europe: Commentary, 15/06/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: “by necessity” https://ukandeu.ac.uk/northern-ireland-protocol-bill/
Institute for Government (IfG): Blog, 17/06/2022: Four questions for parliament on the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/blog/parliament-northern-ireland-protocol-bill
Cambridge University: Faculty of Law: Law in Focus, 17/06/2022: 'Does the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill breach international law? https://www.law.cam.ac.uk/press/news/2022/06/law-focus-does-northern-ireland-protocol-bill-breach-international-law-mark
UK in a Changing Europe: Commentary, 21/06/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill and its constitutional implications https://ukandeu.ac.uk/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 https://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2022/06/21/solon-solomon-the-northern-ireland-protocol-bill-a-comparative-perspective-on-the-parliamentary-role-in-the-amendment-of-major-international-agreements%EF%BF%BC/
Centre for European Reform (CER): Insights, 27/06/2022: Four reasons why the UK's Northern Ireland Protocol Bill is a mistake https://www.cer.eu/insights/four-reasons-why-uk-nireland-protocol-bill-mistake
The New Statesman, 28/06/2022: Liz Truss’s Northern Ireland bill is all about her https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk-politics/2022/06/liz-truss-northern-ireland-bill-is-all-about-her
Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe): Spotlight, 01/07/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill https://spice-spotlight.scot/2022/07/01/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 https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1673
The Constitution Society: Blog, 07/07/2022: On the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill https://consoc.org.uk/on-the-northern-ireland-protocol-bill/
EPRS: At a Glance, July 2022: The UK's Northern Ireland Protocol Bill https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document/EPRS_ATA(2022)733607
Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA): Publications, 02/08/2022: The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill https://www.iiea.com/publications/the-northern-ireland-protocol-bill
Welsh Senedd: Research Articles, 08/08/2022: Will the Welsh Government recommend consent for the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill? https://research.senedd.wales/research-articles/will-the-welsh-government-recommend-consent-for-the-northern-ireland-protocol-bill/

News
BBC News, 16/04/2022: Brexit: Boris Johnson not ruling out law to override protocol https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-61192083
BBC News, 17/05/2022: Northern Ireland: Liz Truss sets out new law on post-Brexit trade deal https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-61475899
RTÉ News, 07/06/2022: UK bill proposal would override Northern Ireland Protocol https://www.rte.ie/news/2022/0607/1303473-protocol-uk-market/
ITV News, 07/06/2022: Legislation to change Northern Ireland Protocol expected to reach Parliament on Thursday https://www.itv.com/news/utv/2022-06-07/legislation-to-change-northern-ireland-protocol-expected-on-thursday
The Independent, 09/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill amounts to ‘agitator legislation’ – Beattie https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/northern-ireland-bill-uk-government-european-union-liz-truss-b2096734.html
The Guardian, 10/06/2022: Bill on overriding Northern Ireland protocol to be published next week https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jun/10/draft-bill-override-northern-ireland-protocol-to-be-published-monday
The Guardian, 11/06/2022: Boris Johnson warned NI protocol ‘rule-breaking’ will repeat mistakes of Partygate https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/11/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' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-61774429
The Guardian, 12/06/2022: Opposition MPs demand full legal advice on Northern Ireland protocol bill https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/12/northern-ireland-protocol-bill-wont-break-international-law-says-minister-brandon-lewis-brexit
BBC News, 13/06/2022: NI Protocol: UK reveals plans to ditch parts of EU Brexit deal https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-61790248
The Telegraph, 13/06/2022: Brexit Bill: Four big changes the UK is making to the Northern Ireland Protocol https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/06/13/brexit-bill-four-big-changes-uk-making-northern-ireland-protocol/
CityAM, 13/06/2022: Truss unveils ‘reasonable’ bill to rip up Northern Ireland Protocol https://www.cityam.com/truss-unveils-reasonable-bill-to-rip-up-northern-ireland-protocol/
ITV News, 13/06/2022: UK initiates plan to override Northern Ireland Protocol https://www.itv.com/news/2022-06-13/uk-initiates-plan-to-override-northern-ireland-protocol-what-you-need-to-know
The Telegraph, 13/06/2022: Boris Johnson: EU trade war over Protocol would be a ‘gross overreaction’ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/06/13/boris-johnson-eu-trade-war-protocol-would-gross-overreaction/
The National (Scotland), 13/06/2022: Boris Johnson claims Northern Ireland Protocol Bill changes 'not a big deal' https://www.thenational.scot/news/20205862.boris-johnson-claims-northern-ireland-protocol-bill-changes-not-big-deal/
The Irish Times, 13/06/2022: UK publishes bill to override much of Northern Ireland protocol https://www.irishtimes.com/politics/2022/06/13/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’ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-13/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 https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-pledges-to-remove-eu-court-from-northern-ireland-brexit-protocol-is-there-a-direct/
The Guardian, 13/06/2022: CBI warns UK government over Northern Ireland protocol https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/13/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 https://news.sky.com/story/northern-ireland-protocol-override-legislation-to-be-introduced-later-amid-claims-move-breaches-international-law-12632867
ITV News, 23/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill to get second reading in Commons on Monday https://www.itv.com/news/utv/2022-06-23/northern-ireland-protocol-bill-second-reading-date-confirmed
BBC News, 23/06/2022: NI Protocol bill's second reading expected next week https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-61903034
Politico, 25/06/2022: Tory Brexiteers will back Northern Ireland protocol bill https://www.politico.eu/article/erg-poised-back-northern-ireland-protocol-bill/
The Guardian, 27/06/2022: Northern Ireland protocol bill passes Commons vote https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/27/boris-johnson-northern-ireland-protocol-bill-vote-brexit
RTÉ News, 27/06/2022: MPs in UK vote to back Northern Ireland Protocol Bill https://www.rte.ie/news/brexit/2022/0627/1307013-ni-protocol/
BBC News, 28/06/2022: NI Protocol: MPs to vote on plans to ditch parts of Brexit deal https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-61946333
Reuters, 28/06/2022: UK's Northern Ireland trade bill passes first parliamentary hurdle https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uks-northern-ireland-trade-bill-passes-first-parliamentary-hurdle-2022-06-27/
The Guardian, 28/06/2022: Tory rebel seeks ‘meaningful vote’ over Northern Ireland protocol bill powers https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jun/28/mp-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 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jul/01/uk-government-undemocratic-northern-ireland-protocol-leo-varadkar
Politico, 03/07/2022: Germany and Ireland slam UK’s plan to scrap Northern Ireland agreement https://www.politico.eu/article/germany-ireland-slam-uk-plan-scrap-northern-ireland-agreement/
RTÉ News, 07/07/2022: UK govt to push ahead with NI Protocol bill https://www.rte.ie/news/brexit/2022/0707/1308968-brexit-protocol/
BBC News, 13/07/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol: MPs reject changes to controversial bill https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-62120966
ITV News, 14/07/2022: MPs vote against amendments to controversial bill https://www.itv.com/news/utv/2022-07-14/mps-reject-changes-to-northern-ireland-protocol-bill
City AM, 17/08/2022: Truss and Sunak admit NI Protocol Bill won’t pass parliament any time soon https://www.cityam.com/truss-and-sunak-admit-ni-protocol-bill-wont-pass-parliament-any-time-soon/
Reuters, 17/08/2022: UK's Truss says she is determined to deliver N. Ireland bill in full https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uks-truss-says-determined-deliver-n-ireland-protocol-bill-full-2022-08-17/

Official
UK Government: Collections: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/northern-ireland-protocol-bill
UK Parliament: Publications: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill - Explanatory Notes https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-03/0012/en/220012en.pdf
UK Government: Press Release, 13/06/2022: Government introduces bill to fix the Northern Ireland Protocol https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-introduces-bill-to-fix-the-northern-ireland-protocol
UK Government: Policy Paper, 13/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol: the UK’s solution https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/northern-ireland-protocol-the-uks-solution
UK Government: Policy Paper, 13/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: UK government legal position https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/northern-ireland-protocol-bill-uk-government-legal-position
Scottish Government: News, 13/06/2022: Northern Ireland Protocol legislation “reckless” https://www.gov.scot/news/northern-ireland-protocol-legislation-reckless/
The Alliance Party: News, 13/06/2022: Protocol Bill – Very Bad for Northern Ireland and Entire UK https://www.allianceparty.org/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 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/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) https://gov.wales/written-statement-northern-ireland-protocol-bill-nip-bill
Scottish Government: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Ministerial statement (29 June 2022) https://www.gov.scot/publications/ministerial-statement-northern-ireland-protocol-bill/

Wikipedia: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Ireland_Protocol_Bill

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