Willie Hay call for sovereignty to be exercised and Protocol scrapped rejected by Tory whip Jane Scott who vows to make it work

British Government whip Jane Scott has told Willie Hay that London intends making sure the Irish Protocol works and ensuring there is support for the mechanism among all communities in Ireland.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 7:50 pm

She rejected a call by the former Derry mayor for the British Government to exercise its sovereignty and to scrap the protocol entirely.

The senior DUP man, who takes the title Lord Hay of Ballyore, during a debate in the British House of Lords, said: “Northern Ireland is suffering real economic and social difficulties as a consequence of the Northern Ireland protocol creating new barriers to unfettered trade within the United Kingdom and disrupting supply lines for goods to Northern Ireland.

“While I welcome recent action taken by the Government to address some of these issues for the immediate future, such action will not address the long-term fundamental problems facing many businesses and consumers in Northern Ireland with this unworkable protocol.

“The Prime Minister needs to deliver on his promises to protect Northern Ireland’s position within the UK internal market and ensure unfettered access to goods from Great Britain. He needs to stand up for Northern Ireland.

“Does the Minister agree that the longer-term solution will eventually be to use the sovereignty of Parliament to replace the protocol altogether?”

Baroness Scott replied: “I do not agree. The protocol is an important part of what we are working towards with Northern Ireland and the whole of the island.

“Therefore, we need to make sure the protocol will work and that all the communities of Ireland are in support of it.”