Trigger Article 16. We want unfettered GB-NI Trade.

Her Majesty's Government must immediately remove any impediment or barrier to unfettered trade within the United Kingdom.

144,627 Signatures

Status
Open
Opened
Thursday 4th February 2021
Last 24 hours signatures
5
Signature Deadline
Wednesday 4th August 2021
Estimated Final Signatures: 144,627

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Recent Documents related to Trigger Article 16. We want unfettered GB-NI Trade.

1. Trigger Article 16. We want unfettered GB-NI Trade.
02/02/2021 - Petitions

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Found: (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and come into force immediately before IP completion day. Amendment of the Good

4. Committee of the whole House Amendments as at 8 January 2020
08/01/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: explanatory statement This amendment would require the Government to deliver full transparency on the implications

5. Notices of Amendments as at 3 January 2020
06/01/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: existing provisions of the withdrawal agreement to remove the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol as soon

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Trigger Article 16. We want unfettered GB-NI Trade.

1. Northern Ireland Protocol: Disruption to Trade
13/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: if he will make a statement on the disruption to trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a - Speech Link
2: Ireland’s unique position as the only part of our United Kingdom to have a land border with the EU. It was designed - Speech Link

2. Customs Miscellaneous Non-fiscal Provisions and Amendments etc. (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
19/01/2021 - Grand Committee

1: collect and process trade statistics data in the same way it did before the United Kingdom left the EU.I - Speech Link

3. Oral Answers to Questions
03/03/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: issue. The Government have procured vaccines on behalf of all parts of the United Kingdom and are working - Speech Link
2: My hon. Friend is right about this being a United Kingdom effort, and I congratulate his local clinical - Speech Link
3: Administrations, because we are part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland—better - Speech Link

4. United Kingdom Internal Market Bill
21/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: Report of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Unfettered Access: Customs Arrangements in Northern Ireland - Speech Link
2: following:Amendment 45, in clause 40, page 31, line 16, at end insert—“(d) the need to maintain the - Speech Link
3: that any actions with respect to Part 5 of the Bill must be consistent with relevant existing international - Speech Link

5. EU Withdrawal Agreement
09/12/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: ensure that Northern Ireland businesses retained unfettered access to the rest of the UK market. Northern - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Trigger Article 16. We want unfettered GB-NI Trade.
1. United Kingdom
asked by: Robbie Moore
09/12/2020
...What steps his Department is taking to strengthen the Union.

2. United Kingdom
asked by: Robin Millar
02/12/2020
...What steps his Department is taking to strengthen the Union.

3. United Kingdom
asked by: Lord Lexden
22/01/2021
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the principal measures they have taken to strengthen the Union between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

4. United Kingdom
asked by: Lord Lexden
22/01/2021
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the principal measures they have taken to strengthen the union between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

5. United Kingdom
asked by: Jonathan Lord
22/07/2020
... what steps his Department is taking to promote and protect the Union.

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After just one month, Northern Ireland is suffering real economic and societal difficulties as a consequence of the Northern Ireland Protocol operating and creating new barriers to unfettered trade within the United Kingdom and disrupting supply lines of goods to Northern Ireland.

The Government should use all the powers it has to move urgently to protect UK trade and to ensure all UK goods and produce can freely flow to and from every part of the United Kingdom.


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Government Response

Monday 22nd February 2021

The UK is working to address outstanding issues with the Protocol - putting the interests of the people of Northern Ireland first, and considering all avenues necessary to do so.


The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland was agreed as a unique solution to the issues arising from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. It aims at upholding the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in all its aspects; safeguarding Northern Ireland’s integral place in the United Kingdom, its customs territory and internal market; and preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland.

In order to do so, it must be given effect in a pragmatic and proportionate way: one which effectively implements the guarantee in the Protocol itself of unfettered access from Northern Ireland to the rest of the United Kingdom, and which maintains the effective flow of trade from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

This has been the basis on which the UK Government has and will continue to give effect to its obligations under the Protocol: providing the basis for goods to move effectively between Great Britain and Northern Ireland; and providing extensive support to traders, for example through the Trader Support Service and Movement Assistance Scheme, to adapt to new requirements. In particular, working closely with businesses and individuals right across Northern Ireland, steps have been taken to address issues that emerged after 1 January this year, for example practical mitigations on groupage; on steel movements; and to maintain the operation of the VAT margin scheme.

On 29 January, however, the EU’s invocation of Article 16 and attempt to impose processes related to the border on the island of Ireland, however quickly withdrawn and replaced, caused shock and anger right across Northern Ireland and indeed beyond. This has significantly undermined the operation of the Protocol and cross community confidence in it.
It is therefore right and urgent that steps are taken to address concerns raised about the operation of the Protocol. This is necessary to restore confidence and reflect the commitment in the Protocol itself to ensure that its application should impact as little as possible on the everyday life of communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Having underscored the need for action, work is now under way with the EU with the shared objective of dealing with the impact of the decisions taken on 29 January and of finding workable solutions to the ongoing problems. A meeting of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee will be convened on 24 February to provide the necessary political steer and approval to this work. The Joint Committee co-chairs also held meetings with business and civic society on 18 February where they heard a wide range of views to inform their discussions.

The UK Government has and will continue to listen very carefully to voices across Northern Ireland through direct engagements with the Northern Ireland Executive, business and civil society.

As we have set out publicly, the UK will always consider all instruments at our disposal, including invoking Article 16 if necessary, to protect the interests of the people of Northern Ireland and safeguard the effective movement of goods, people, services and capital throughout the United Kingdom.

Cabinet Office


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