East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has said the DUP will table amendments to the Internal Markets Bill but has dismissed as nonsense claims from Tony Blair and John Major that the Bill will undermine the Belfast Agreement.
DUP Westminster Chief Whip Sammy Wilson said,
“Tony Blair, John Major and many others with peace process leech tendencies, have re-emerged to claim the Internal Market Bill would damage the Belfast Agreement. Such nonsense.
The Belfast Agreement contains one substantive mention about the RoI border and that relates to demilitarisation which has already happened. I don’t know of anyone calling for the army to rebuild those installations on the border.
The Belfast Agreement however is about respecting consensus something which the Withdrawal Agreement ignored and drives a coach and horses through.
Blair and Major were less outspoken about the impact of a trade border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom despite its obvious impact on our economy and relationships in Northern Ireland.
The Internal Market Bill is far from perfect and that’s why we will table amendments to the Bill. The suggestion by the hero of the peace process brigade that the Bill rips apart the Belfast Agreement is complete and utter bunkum without any factual basis.
They need to explain how making it easier for Northern Ireland to do business with our biggest market undermines the Belfast Agreement.
They need to explain how Northern Ireland companies having less paperwork undermines the Belfast Agreement.
They need to explain how our amendment which would ensure the UK sets the rules on state aid in Northern Ireland undermines the Belfast Agreement. Such a tool is vital to help us fend of predatory behaviour from our nearest competitor.
The Internal Market Bill as published is not the finished product but it is massive step forward for business in Northern Ireland.”