A senior minister claimed today that legislation providing ministers the ability to revoke elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol would not violate international law.
As the contentious new legislation was being drafted, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis stated it was “lawful” and “proper”.
His remarks came amid concerns that the measure would flout international law and result in consequences from both Washington and Brussels.
The EU has promised to respond if any component of Boris Johnson’s Brexit accord is unilaterally undone after months of stalemated discussions on the protocol.
When asked by Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday whether the proposed laws would violate the law, Mr Lewis responded as follows: ‘The legislation we’ll outline tomorrow is within the law.
‘What we’re going to do is lawful and it is correct.
‘We will be setting out our legal position on this. People will see that what we’re proposing resolves the key issues within the protocol that don’t work.’