In a scathing attack on the Brexit agreement, the MP for Wokingham called on the Prime Minister to take action over the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and Britain. Traders have experienced issues moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland due to the new checks introduced post-Brexit. He said in a tweet: “We voted to take control of our own laws, taxes, borders and trade rules for the whole UK. Let’s get on with it.”
Sir John’s concern for the state of trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain also comes as five key issues concerning the Trade and Co-operation Agreement have been highlighted.
Commenting on the Brexit deal, Charles Grant, director of think tank the Centre for European Reform, warned there were still uncertainties surrounding the UK-EU relationship going forward.
Like Sir John, he also pointed to the sustainability of checks of goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland.
Due to Northern Ireland remaining partly under EU single market and customs union, he warned some may be “tempted to tear up the NI protocol”.
Secondly, he pointed to the lack of commitments made on foreign policy and defence strategy between the EU and UK.
Mr Grant also questioned how aligned the UK will be to the EU in terms of standards, or will the Government look to achieve a ‘Singapore-on-Thames’ model where regulations are greatly reduced.
The think-tank director also questioned whether the dispute mechanism will be in place, or will it replaced by high-level summits.
Lastly, he highlighted the future of the Tory party, and whether a future leader will take a more moderate approach to the EU to pursue a pro-business policy.
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In a tweet, Sir John Redwood, MP for Wokingham, called on the Prime Minister to address the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
He said: “We voted to take control of our own laws, taxes, borders and trade rules for the whole UK. Let’s get on with”it.
His comment came as Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, has highlighted five key issues.
Mr Grant posed five areas which still need to be addressed going forward: the Northern Ireland protocol, foreign policy co-operation, the UK’s divergence on standards, the use of the dispute mechanism, and the future leadership of the Tory party and how that will shape the UK’s relationship with the EU.