Brexiteer Kate Hoey pushes those in negotiations a to ditch the protocol. Why do we “actually need the Northern Ireland Protocol?”

BREXITEER Kate Hoey has demanded that the Northern Ireland Protocol be removed from the Brexit deal, and has released a letter requesting that EU leaders justify the benefits of the controversial mechanism on a single sheet of A4 paper. 

Baroness On Twitter, Kate Hoey took aim at the EU, tweeting a letter denouncing the deal and its implications on Northern Ireland. “A short letter of common sense #ditchtheprotocol,” the former Labour MP captioned a photo of the newspaper article authored by John Hoey of Newtonabbey, Belfast. 

The letter claims that the Protocol, which was intended to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland, is unnecessary, and that border checks on goods may be done locally and without EU involvement. 

“I would be grateful if any europhiles could explain to me – in no more than one side of A4 – why we actually need the Northern Ireland Protocol.

“I can’t see what real task there is for Revenue and Customs officials – after all, there are no quotas to count nor tariffs to collect.

“And as for the famous sandwich-maker in Strabane who sells her goods in Leterrkenny and Ballybofey, if she happens to use the ‘wrong kind of cooked ham’ for the picky European palette then surely that should be a matter for trading standards in County Donegal to address? “

The Northern Ireland Protocol was established to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement, and it has connected Belfast to the EU single market. The EU has pushed for more controls on products travelling from the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland, claiming they are “at risk” of entering EU markets. 

The UK government has maintained that the EU has taken a harsh stance in its interpretation of the Protocol. After the bloc insisted on more restrictions on animal products, a so-called sausage war threatened to erupt. In July, a cease-fire was reached, and the grace period has been extended indefinitely while a more permanent solution to the issue is sought. Unionists say that the Protocol’s flaws extend beyond commerce and that it jeopardises the United Kingdom’s integrity. 

“The protocol will have to go one way or the other,” Ms Hoey remarked on GB News in July. I’m hoping that everyone will see the light. 

“People in this country…in Great Britain who were Leavers will understand this is much more than about Northern Ireland.

“This is about actually the EU wanting to punish us still for leaving their little club.”

The UK government has been aggressively seeking answers to the Protocol, and in July it announced a command paper to renegotiate the agreement. Lord David Frost, the UK’s Brexit Minister, said the UK and EU “cannot go on as we are” and urged for “significant changes.” 

Lord Frost is still in talks with Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice-president, to try to minimise the inconvenience. On a visit to Northern Ireland on Friday, the EU president stated that the Protocol would not be abandoned, but that he hoped for a compromise that would benefit both parties. 

He stated, “I told them, for me, I do not need any political victory here.

“I want to find a solution which would represent win-win – victory for all, first and foremost for the people of Northern Ireland.

“That’s the goal why I came here. That’s my attitude. That’s my approach.”

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Brexiteer Kate Hoey pushes those in negotiations a to ditch the protocol. Why do we “actually need the Northern Ireland Protocol?”

  1. Brilliant Kate yet again, fingers on the button. Ever since the referendum was announced, when Cameron came back from getting his legs slapped by Merkel, it has been obvious that the UK has been used as a cash cow for the cesspit. Many of us that have been involved and have vast experience of the cesspit were all well aware if this. That is the very reason why Merkel would never entertain recuing our contributions or even contemplate reforming the cesspit.
    However, when Cameron announced the referendum on membership of the cesspit, the German lawyer and Merkel’s side kick Martin Selmayr insisted that Northern Ireland will the price to pay for Brexit..
    Having in mind how close Selmayr was and is to Merkel as well as Juncker, because it was Juncker and Selmayr who plotted for Selmayr to become the Secretary General of the Commission, it is suggested that despite Merkel being nobody’s fool and a very dangerous person politically, it is in fact Martyn Selmayr who is behind all of the issues surrounding Brexit and specifically Northern Ireland. All of this is well documented.
    The only way out of this and to totally pull the rug from under the cesspit’s plans for Northern Ireland is to invoke Article 16 and immediately go WTO. Despite the cesspit being a member of the WTO, and despite he fact they have tried their hardest to take the running of the WTO over completely, they are well aware of the consequences of the UK going WTO and it frightens them.
    They will no longer be able to use punishment tactics against the UK, they will not longer be allowed to dictate, they will be purely and solely on a level playing field and the WTO will appoint their own Adjudicator, neither party will have any say on who is appointed to the position. The cesspit will be exactly the same as the UK, they will no longer be dictators of what they want, they will do as they are told. An issue they absolutely hate.

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