Brexit Bulletin—government details agreement in principle on Northern Ireland Protocol

Brexit Bulletin—government details agreement in principle on Northern Ireland Protocol

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Joint-Chair of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee, Michael Gove, has updated the House of Commons on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement. The statement followed the joint announcement of an agreement in principle between the UK and EU on the implementation and operation of the Protocol (see: LNB News 08/12/2020 117). The government says that the agreement reached delivers on its core commitments and priorities, allowing it to withdraw controversial provisions of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill introduced as a ‘safety net’ to protect UK interests. Meanwhile, negotiations continued on the future UK-EU relationship with EU leaders calling for a firm decision on the future of the talks by 13 December 2020.

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The agreement in principle on all outstanding issues relating to the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement ‘in particular with regard to the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland’ will be approved officially at the next EU-UK J

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Holly joined LexisNexis in July 2014 and works primarily on the PSL Public Law module. Holly read law at university and qualified as a solicitor in private practice. Before starting her legal career, she gained experience working in local government and spent a year studying politics. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Holly worked in the Global Technology and Sourcing team at BP, supporting a variety of global procurement and compliance projects. Upon joining LexisPSL, she worked in the Commercial and LexisAsk teams before assisting with the development and launch of the PSL Public Law module. Holly looks after a number of core public law subject areas, including Brexit.