Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 21st July 2022.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill on the UK’s international reputation; and what discussions she has with Cabinet colleagues on the compatibility of that Bill with the UK's international legal obligations.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

It is a longstanding convention for governments of all parties not to comment on the fact or contents of government legal advice. Proceeding with this Bill is consistent with our obligations in international law - and in support of our prior obligations to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. The Government has published a statement setting out its legal position (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/northern-ireland-protocol-bill-uk-government-legal-position).

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