The former leader of the Conservative Party eloquently explained how an important clause of the Brexit bill passed by Parliament enables the Government to question Brussels’ interpretation of the withdrawal agreement signed by both parties. Mr Duncan Smith outlined how the state aid rule which should apply to Northern Ireland only, according to the withdrawal agreement, is now being interpreted by the EU as referring to the whole of the UK.
Addressing the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Tory Brexiteer said: “I wonder if my Honourable friend recalls that in the Act that gave effect to the withdrawal agreement, it is quite clear in clause 38 that the Government did reserve to itself the right to make clarifications under the sovereignty clause.
“Now, given that is the case and given that when the protocol was signed the Government recognised that the state aid rules would apply to Northern Ireland, this extension to the rest of Great Britain is an interpretation by the European Union.
“The Government is quite within its rights to dispute that interpretation and use clause 38 to explain that they don’t agree with that and will not implement such an agreement.”
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