Much has been said this week about the Government’s UK Internal Market Bill, which seeks to clarify some inconsistencies with the EU’s position towards the Withdrawal Agreement. I want to say firstly, I totally support the Government on this matter, and here is why.
Recently, our negotiators expressed a concern that there may be a serious misunderstanding about the terms within the Withdrawal Agreement. They are worried that the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full trade border down the Irish sea- unless the UK agrees to their terms.
The idea that the EU would use this treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK and cut off the British people living in Northern Ireland from we here on Great Britain, is shocking, but perhaps not surprising as we have seen threats and attempts of bullying throughout this long process.
That is why I back the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, when he says we must act now to devise a legal safety net, this Internal Market Bill, to clarify the legal position of this situation. This will ensure that in any outcome, there will be no trade barriers between our home nations and regions. It is vital that anything approved for sale in any part of our great country, can be freely sold in another corner of our land.
The Government continues to work hard to reach an appropriate trade deal with the European Union, and I have every confidence that our negotiating team led by David Frost will stand firm for Britain and get a good deal. We want a thorough free trade deal, like the one between the EU and Canada, and there is no reason the EU should not agree to this mutually beneficial outcome.
I know that by passing this Bill in Parliament, the UK negotiators will be aided in standing up to these threats and we will have a higher chance of securing that Canada style deal. Furthermore this Bill will help to keep the Union strong, by outlining clearly what is in the spirit of the Withdrawal Agreement; Northern Ireland is part of the UK customs territory. This is crucial for peace, for the Union, and for Brexit.
60% of the people in Morley and Outwood, and 66% of Wakefield, voted for Brexit, and I know we Yorkshire folk meant it. I was overjoyed when we officially left the European Union in January of this year and celebrated with residents as the moment finally came. As we approach the end of the transition period, I know that we do not want to see the EU try to push us into an unsatisfactory agreement that would limit our ability and potential to succeed. That is why I support the Government’s actions.
As always, if you are a resident of Morley and Outwood, and need my help please contact: Andrea.Jenkyns.MP@Parliament.UK