An analysis of the UK Government's defence of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill under international law

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Abstract

In the early summer of 2022, the UK government introduced the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in the House of Commons. This bill establishes a regulatory framework that is intended to enable the UK government to breach its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement and, more specifically, the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol (Protocol). The UK government contends that the bill can, however, be justified under international law by reference to both Article 16 of Protocol and the plea of defence under customary international law. This paper examines the extent to which the UK government’s position is valid.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-118
Number of pages30
JournalNorthern Ireland Legal Quarterly
Volume73
Issue numberS2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2022

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