Monday night saw the United Kingdom's House of Commons approve the processing of the bill to repeal a large portion of the Irish Protocol as part of the Withdrawal Agreement. The Government won the vote with 295 votes to the opposition's 221 votes. The committee phase of the project is now complete and the House of Lords will examine it.
During the debate, Theresa May, former Prime Minister, described herself as the leader for the opposition to Boris Johnson’s Cabinet. She said that the project was contrary to international law, and would be detrimental to the country's reputation abroad. May stated that she would not be able to achieve her goals if she is made law and her powers are exercised.
In this bill, the Government gives its ministers the power to cancel the establishment of border controls between Great Britain (and Northern Ireland) which are essential for the region to remain within the British market. Parliament does not approve regulations issued under these powers. It also removes the Court of Justice of the European Union from the jurisdiction.
The Government argues that the law is needed because border controls cause serious problems in Northern Ireland's economy, society, and economy. They also have caused the collapse and withdrawal from Northern Ireland's shared institutions. A majority of May's autonomous deputies voted in favor of a revised Protocol.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldon is the leader of DUP. He has variedly defined the conditions for his party's participation in the Assembly and the Northern Irish Executive. He has said that final approval of the bill was necessary at times, while on other occasions he stated that ministers must use the power that the law gives them to nullify contentious parts of the Protocol.
It is important to consider how much time it takes to process the bill. Johnson says it could be finished before the summer break in mid-July. It could be extended to the end of the year, according to Simon Hoare, a fellow Conservative and chairman of the Committee for Northern Ireland Affairs. He believes that the Lords majority will prevent the project from moving forward.
The European Commission has activated a legal proceeding against the United Kingdom, for having last year decreed grace periods in some customs procedures. He also warned that the passing of the law would result in Northern Ireland being excluded from the common market.