Cabinet split over Liz Truss’s plans to rip up Northern Ireland Protocol

He will tell them: “We have to address the outstanding issues relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol, and we want to do that by agreement with the EU. But as we have always made clear, we will not shy away from taking further steps if necessary.

“However, the people of Northern Ireland need a stable and accountable government that delivers on the issues that are important to them. That is why we urge the parties to come together and form an Executive.”

Jeffrey Donaldson, the leader of the DUP, has said he will refuse to join a new administration until the Protocol is scrapped.

Sources close to Mr Gove said that he would always support the Government’s position on the Protocol, while a representative for Mr Sunak said that he was “relaxed” about whether the negotiations with the EU should continue and would defer to Mr Johnson and Ms Truss on the issue.

The ongoing dispute about the correct approach to the Protocol has meant there will not be any measures about it in the Queen’s Speech this Tuesday, with suggestions of a Bill replaced with “anodyne” language that ministers will try to resolve the border issues.

Veterans Bill ‘included in Queen’s Speech’

However, The Telegraph understands that the speech will include the Government’s long-awaited Veterans Bill, which has been modified so that an amnesty on the prosecution of Troubles-era crimes will not apply to those who refuse to give up intelligence on unsolved murders.

The Bill has been rewritten after its draft form, which offered a blanket amnesty, was criticized by those who did not think it would provide enough incentive for former IRA fighters to co-operate with investigators’ enquiries.

The Northern Ireland Secretary considered imposing fines on fighters who refused to co-operate, but has decided to deny them access to a statute of limitations unless they work with the process.

The decision is likely to anger Sinn Fein, and could jeopardise Westminster’s position as mediator in power-sharing talks taking place in the coming weeks.

However, a Whitehall source said that the UK would not abandon its commitment to veterans because Sinn Fein had performed well in last week’s elections.

“We are not going to hold up progress on legislation to help victims and survivors of the Troubles and protect our veterans,” they said.


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