Brexit: ‘We’ve been sold down the river’ says farmer
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Despite leaving the bloc, Brexiteers have expressed their concern over the near 300 rules which must be followed for goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain. Such is the disruption to trade, some MPs have called on the Prime Minister to scrap the protocol amid its threat to the integrity of the UK. With rules ranging from fur to trade in seal pelts, the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs, claimed they did not vote for a deal which causes such irreparable damage to Northern Ireland.
They claim they supported the protocol with the view it would then be replaced later on within the Brexit trade agreement.
David Jones, vice-chairman of the group and MP for Clwyd West, warned the Prime Minister must act as one of the four nations of the UK is now being disadvantaged, which may threaten the Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Jones told The Daily Telegraph: “We feel that this is too dangerous to the integrity of the Union.
“We’ve got part of our country that is being disadvantaged.
“There is a potentially destabilising impact upon the people of Northern Ireland and the peace process and Belfast agreement.”
Under the protocol, Northern Ireland remains in the EU’s single market and therefore must apply checks on goods from Great Britain despite being in the UK’s customs union.
The Government has warned the EU has implemented the protocol in an extreme manner amid the row over chilled meats.
The amnesty on chilled meats is set to expire at the end of this month but it is thought the EU will now extend the grace period for such products.
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Eurosceptic MPs have reacted with anger over the vast number of checks for goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
With Northern Ireland forced to obey close to 300 checks on good from fur to fireworks, MPs have warned the integrity of the UK is now at stake.
David Jones, vice-chair of the European Research Group (ERG), told The Daily Telegraph: “We feel that this is too dangerous to the integrity of the Union.
“We’ve got part of our country that is being disadvantaged. There is a potentially destabilising impact upon the people of Northern Ireland and the peace process and Belfast agreement.”
Mr Jones also admitted the ERG only voted for the protocol on the understanding that it was temporary and would be replaced within a wider Brexit agreement.
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