Sir Jeffrey said,
“Confirmation that the 2nd Reading of the NI Protocol Bill will be on Monday is welcome and sensible. It is important that this bill now progresses rapidly through its legislative stages in the Commons before the Summer recess.
In our view the bill, alongside the regulations, if enacted, can help to restore the political equilibrium in Northern Ireland by replacing the Protocol with arrangements that restore NI's place within the UK.
We encourage Members across the House of Commons to support this Bill given that talks and discussions between the UK and the EU have failed to deliver solutions to the fundamental everyday problems brought about by the Protocol.
It is important that this bill now progresses rapidly through its legislative stages in the Commons before the Summer recess and we will want to see that not only does the bill receive substantial support at Westminster, but that it is not subject to either wrecking amendments or indeed other amendments that would dilute the framework and impact of the bill.
We want to see the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive restored and that can be achieved when there is a sustainable basis for doing so. We will continue to be condition and not calendar led as we look forward to this bill now making rapid progress.”