Boris Johnson gave personal assurances to MP for Northern Ireland Ian Paisley that he would pledge to 'tear up the Brexit protocol which is now at the center of a major dispute between the UK and the EU, it has been claimed.
Democratic Unionist MP made the comments on BBC 's Newsnight just hours after former Prime Minister Dominic Cummings said he still hadthe intention to sign the Withdrawal Agreement in January 2020 but " ditch bits "which they didn't like in the protocol.
"Boris Johnson told me personally that after agreeing to the protocol, he would undertake to modify this protocol and tear it up, that it 'was just for the sake of semantics, "Paisley said.
Referring to Cummings' claims that they had to travel to the country with a flawed deal to help to "hit [Jeremy] Corbyn" in the 2019 election, Paisley added: "This comment has been verified by another source much closer to Boris Johnson in his own government.
"So the point is, I believe, the government didn't really want this to happen in Northern Ireland and ittook a short-term bet. "
Phantom Secretary for International Trade Emily Thornberry said he was " ashamed "that the UK is starting to play "quickly and freely " with other countries regarding international law.
"I think we are resigning in as a country we don 't have the same international reputation, if our word isn ' t our connection "she told Sky News.
" I think it's dreadful that people even think of representing our country as signing a deal knowing they weren't going to implement it - I think it's dreadful . would have taken place before a key vote on Brexit on October 22, 2019.
At the time, Downing Street felt that the dDemocracy in the country was being overthrown by a bill aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit from happening. This law, entitled " the act of capitulation "of the Brexiters, was recently quoted by Brexit Minister David Frost in a speech to the Conservative Party conference.
" Of course we wanted to negotiate something better. Without the craziness of the surrender, we could have done it. We worried early on, the protocol couldn't take the pressure. " Lord Frost said, although at no point did he say that the government made the deal with the intention of renegotiating it shortly thereafter.
The argument over whether the gouVernement acted in good faith or not when signing the protocol caused an "alarm" in Dublin, but comes on the eve of a potential breakthrough on the issue.
On Wednesday, the EU unveiled proposals to remove over 80% checks on goods and food, something Paisley said looked like a "significant" descent, but did not go far enough because he also did not propose to abandon the role of the European Court of Justice.
A possible compromise emerging on the ECJ is to adopt the same dispute settlement mechanism as in the EU-Switzerland Treaty.
Anton Spisak, business expert at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change said: "Under the Swiss treaty, the independent arbitration panel resolves all disputess as the default arbiter. But when questions about EU rules are asked, the ECJ must give its point of view. The independent panel is the one that makes the ultimate decision, but it must take into account the views of the ECJ, ”he said.
Spisak believes it would be a "credible landing zone" and make the protocol look like a "standard international treaty".
After being briefed on the proposals of the EU by Maroš Šefčovič, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the DUP chief, said his "persistent pressure" to demand changes to the protocol had "paid off", but the planned changes were not to be expected. the height of its requests.
The president of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou McDonald , told RTÉ 's News at One that the DUP did not represent the majority opinion in Northern Ireland and that the protocol was necessary to protect the interests of people across the island of Ireland.
She added: "People have to decide if they want a stable environment… or do they want a doggy dinner and chaos?