Tory Brexiteers help Boris to redraft new legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

It has come to light that Tory Brexiteers are helping write new laws that would override Brexit rules for Northern Ireland. This is part of Boris Johnson’s plan to win over more Conservative MPs.

Tory Brexiteers help Boris to redraft new legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Next week, the Prime Minister will announce new laws that will change important parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The move will happen after Mr Johnson warned the EU many times that he would act on his own if talks with Brussels on border and the issues surrounding the flow of trade didn’t move forward.

The PM’s two-pronged approach to the Protocol row—staying open to more talks with the EU while also moving forward with legislation at Westminster as an alternative way to make changes—has already made Brussels very angry.

As he tries to strengthen his position in No. 10, Mr Johnson also has to deal with the tensions between the Tory Brexiteers and the Tory Remainers over the upcoming legislation.

A source from Whitehall told The Times that the planned bill had gone through “substantial drafting and redrafting” after the PM survived Monday’s vote of confidence by Tory MPs but was roughed up by rebels.


The newspaper said that both Mr Johnson and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss met with Sir Bill Cash, a member of the Brexit-supporting Tory European Research Group (ERG), on Tuesday night.

This was before a Cabinet committee yesterday rubber-stamped the plan.

It is said that senior ministers didn’t agree with some of the changes that the ERG wanted, so the bill was sent back to the Foreign Office to be rewritten again.

The DUP is also said to have been consulted on the law, but Mr Johnson is said to have told his ministers that the Northern Ireland party must not be allowed to “drive Government policy.”

A person who is close to Ms Truss played down reports that she wanted stricter laws, saying that the bill would be “as advertised” in the Foreign Secretary’s speech to MPs last month.

A source told MailOnline that she is focused on finding practical ways to keep the Good Friday Agreement in place.

Source: Tory Brexiteers ‘helping draft’ Northern Ireland Protocol legislation as Boris shores up support

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