Tories call on Boris Johnson to shake Ulster to VOID parts of his Brexit deal
- Johnson facing pressure from Tory backbenchers to roll back parts of Brexit deal
- The Prime Minister held a secret meeting with a representative of the Brexiteer ERG Tory MPs
- Liz Truss also attended the meeting to discuss a bill regarding the NI protocol
The Prime Minister is facing pressure from Tory backbenchers to toughen legislation to overturn parts of the Brexit deal, it was claimed last night.
Boris Johnson held a secret meeting with a representative of the Brexiteer Conservative MPs’ European Research Group on Tuesday evening.
A bill to deal with Northern Ireland protocol issues was discussed at the meeting which was also attended by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, the Times reported. The legislation is due to be published in a few days.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure from hardline Tory backbenchers to toughen legislation to overturn parts of the Brexit deal
The Times reports that Foreign Secretary Liz Truss attended a meeting with the Prime Minister and a representative from the European Research Group to discuss a bill dealing with issues relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
As part of the Brexit negotiations, the UK and the EU agreed to the protocol which aims to avoid the need for a border on the island of Ireland.
But it has led to disruption on goods crossing the Irish Sea, with new checks imposed on those heading into the province.
Concerns have also been raised about Northern Ireland’s place within the UK.
Ministers intend to use national law to unilaterally roll back aspects of post-Brexit deals to reduce controls.
Last night a government source dismissed suggestions that the legislation had been radically overhauled in recent days, saying: ‘The bill will be essentially as announced a few weeks ago.