Mutual Enforcement – Antidote to the Northern Ireland Protocol
20 September 2021
Give your support to the pursuit of the workable alternatives to the NIP, which can protect the interests of the EU and not disrupt the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK. [...] • The NIP applies a wide range of EU law inside NI, with important implications for NI courts and governance • To appreciate the practical impact of the NIP, it is necessary to understand the political, legal, and commercial reality on the ground COURTS AND GOVERNANCE Not only does the NIP impinge on the external trade of NI with the rest of the UK, the Republic and the rest of the EU, but it also. [...] It is also incompatible with the fundamental constitutional principles of the United Kingdom under the Acts of Union of 1707 and 1800, under which the citizens of all parts of the United Kingdom are entitled to be on the same footing with any foreign power,9 and with the right to self-determination of the people of NI as reflected in the GFA. [...] • In NI the situation is particularly concerning to the EU, since competitive UK goods and agriproducts circulating in NI and not the Republic of Ireland will highlight the detrimental economic decisions of the EU, potentially leading to the Republic of Ireland voting to leave the EU - a problem not of the UK’s making but intrinsic to the superiority of the UK’s traditional trading methods. [...] 24 The Centre for Brexit Policy V - MUTUAL ENFORCEMENT RESOLVES THE REMAINING ISSUES The only sure way out of the conundrum is to go back to the beginning, where the original error began, and to put the border back where it should be under the GFA and international law, which is north-south, and not in the middle of the Irish Sea.