While the media obsess about who will become our next Prime Minister both candidates have reaffirmed their commitment to progressing with the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill and by doing so threaten a trade war with Europe.
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss’s legislation scrapping some of the post-Brexit trade arrangements show that they are hellbent on ignoring warnings against provoking a trade war with the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
We must do everything we can to make them heed the warnings. These warnings include, but are not limited to:
• UK business chiefs have warned the government about the "horrific" economic impact
• Food industry CEOs have warned No 10 that tearing up the Protocol could lead to even more expensive food prices
• The EU has launched legal action against the UK
During a cost-of-living crisis, this government’s pandering to hard-line Brexiteers and the DUP will make life harder for people up and down the country.
We call on Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to admit that ultimately the Good Friday Agreement and Brexit are incompatible. We call on them to stop this posturing, that could lead to a trade war with Europe. To rethink their legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol and put peace and prosperity before internal party politics.