Boris to vote against Rishi’s ‘unacceptable’ Brexit deal

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“The best course of action is to proceed with the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, and make sure that we take back control.”

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come out saying Rishi Sunak’s new Brexit proposals were ‘not acceptable’ and the UK should proceed with the NI Protocol Bill.

Mr Johnson told the Telegraph that Rishi Sunak’s proposals would keep Northern Ireland “captured by the EU legal order.” He said:

“The proposed arrangements would mean either that Northern Ireland remained captured by the EU legal order – and was increasingly divergent from the rest of the UK – or they would mean that the whole of the UK was unable properly to diverge and take advantage of Brexit.

“That is not acceptable. I will be voting against the proposed arrangements today. Instead, the best course of action is to proceed with the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, and make sure that we take back control.”

Labour has said it is backing the Windsor Framework agreement but the European Research Group (ERG), made up of Brexiteer Conservative MPs, agree with Mr Johnson saying the deal is “likely to be useless in practice” and have accused Rishi Sunak of making “misleading” claims.

The Telegraph report there is also a growing belief among Eurosceptic rebels that former Prime Minister Liz Truss will also vote against the Brexit deal.

The vote is expected to take place this afternoon (Wednesday). Mr Johnson is expected to briefly interrupt his interrogation at the Commons Privileges Committee over Partygate to vote on the measure.

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