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What do people in N.Ireland need to know about the #WithdrawalAgreementBill?
(for reasons obvs to folk in NI, I won’t use the acronym 😕).

I gave an interview to @BBCgmu this am, & here are the key points...

TL;DR: Hugely important for NI but ltd. scope & time to affect.

@BBCgmu The Bill puts the #WithdrawalAgmt into domestic law.

📣**REMEMBER: the difference btn this WA & May’s is the Protocol on NI/IRL – so hugely important for N.Ireland **

This Bill sees amendments to the NI Act (1998) to reflect the Protocol. But no new devolved powers per se.
@BBCgmu The last time this WA came to Parl it fell on the matter of the timetable for processing the Bill.

MPs then saw the 3 days allowed for scrutinising the detail & tabling amendments as outrageously tight for such an important bill.

It'll be 3 days this time round too. 🗓️

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Today UK govt published its unilateral 'commitments to Northern Ireland & its integral place in the UK'.
I'd read it not just as an effort to get unionists on board #WithdrawalAgmt but a nod towards post-Brexit governance.
Here’s an ‘essentials’ guide..
It comes on the 2nd anniversary of the collapse of the NI Executive.
I really hope that isn’t a coincidence.
& if it isn't, it's a pointed reminder to those who claim to be concerned abt the representation of NI that they cd put more effort into getting Stormont up & running.
The DUP came out quickly to reject it, underwhelmed & unconvinced.
Others will be too, but we cdn’t expect detail or substance on commitments at this stage.
(Besides, perhaps it's a duty of politicians in NI to bring forward proposals re: enhancing representation of NI..?)
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