The Northern Irish Unionist Party DUP will vote against the new Brexit deal on Wednesday. This is the First Time Northern Ireland has spoken out on this issue. Because of the trade rules that were drawn up after Brexit, the party has for some time been hampered by the formation of a new Northern Irish government.
The European Union and the United Kingdom agreed last month after long bickering over a renewed trade relationship. The deal was supposed to ensure that trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain will run more smoothly. This was anything but smooth, because, for example, English products that went to Northern Ireland had to go through customs. This was not necessary before Brexit.
That difficult trade within the UK caused frustration in Northern Ireland, as it made the shelves less able to be filled. Out of frustration, the Unionists of the DUP, who are in favor of a close relationship with Great Britain, walked away from negotiations for a government. Northern Ireland’s administration must be made up of both unionists and Republicans. Due to the difficult negotiations, the country has not had a sitting government for almost a year.
The EU and the UK hoped that the new deal would be enough to get the DUP back on the negotiating table, but it turns out that’s not the case now. The party will vote against the agreement in a vote in the British House of Commons on Wednesday. Party leader Jeffrey Donaldson says there are still many concerns about the text.
Part of the agreement will be voted on in the British House of Commons on Wednesday. It is expected that part of the eurosceptic corner of the Conservative party will join the DUP and vote against. The legislation is expected to receive sufficient support. The largest opposition party, Labour, agrees with the government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.