The British Parliament approved, this Wednesday, the new agreement with the European Union aimed at solving problems caused by Brexit in Northern Ireland. The aim is to significantly reduce the number of customs checks between the UK and Northern Ireland.
The legislation passed comfortably despite 29 votes against by the Democratic Unionist Party and some Conservative MPs, including former prime ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.
The aim of the so-called Windsor framework agreement is to significantly reduce the number of customs checks between the UK and Northern Ireland.
As before, the British province will continue to be subject to certain European rules, but this new agreement allows the regional assembly to block the application of new European rules through the so-called “Stormont brake”.
The approval in Parliament allows the ratification of the Windsor agreement and makes it clear that Boris Johnson and the Eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party are less and less influential.
However, the victory of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is not complete. Unionists remain dissatisfied and maintain the boycott that prevents the formation of a regional government and parliament, overshadowing the 25th anniversary of the peace agreement in Northern Ireland that is celebrated in April.