Plans to abolish VAT from British energy bills have been scuttled because of a clause in the Northern Ireland Protocol.

According to DUP MP Sammy Wilson, skyrocketing energy prices for British citizens are being hindered because of the Northern Ireland Brexit agreement. 

According to the Northern Irish MP, the Brexit Protocol has stopped Chancellor Rishi Sunak from taking tangible measures to remove VAT from UK energy costs.

In an interview with the Express, Sammy said: “[The protocol] has affected people in other parts of the United Kingdom, of course, don’t forget.

“Because [Rishi Sunak] had considered taking VAT off, and the Tories had indeed committed themselves to taking VAT off energy bills once we left the EU.

“That was one of the things the Prime Minister made clear – we can’t take VAT off your energy bills because we’re part of the EU and EU laws on VAT don’t allow us to do it.

“Then when they considered that for the whole United Kingdom, they found they couldn’t apply it to Northern Ireland because we are still under the VAT regime.

“So it was dropped for the whole United Kingdom.”

As recently as January, Mr Wilson took the Prime Minister to task over skyrocketing cost of electricity.

His demands included a reduction in VAT on energy prices, as well as a plan to take advantage of all the new energy possibilities that Britain would have after the Brexit vote.

To get the most out of “Brexit freedoms,” the East Antrim MP asked for a new look at VAT on energy bills.

For his part, Mr Wilson attacked green fees for increasing the cost on British consumers.

When he addressed Mr Johnson in Parliament, he stated the following: “Millions across the United Kingdom are facing great difficulty with their energy bills. Thirty percent of those bills are actually driven by the Government in the form of VAT various green levies!”

“Can we have a review of the Green Levy as well so that people are not forced with the burden of unsustainable fuel bills!”

After Wilson challenged Boris Johnson over energy bills, he later dismissed scrapping VAT on energy bills saying it was a “blunt instrument”. 

During a press conference, he was asked about scrapping VAT and other green levies on energy. The PM said: “The argument is that it’s a bit of a blunt instrument, and the difficulty is you end up cutting fuel bills for a lot of people who perhaps don’t need the support in quite the direct way that we need to give it.

“We need to help people who are in fuel poverty the most.”