Trade

UK minister refuses to commit government to Brexit arbitration process

The U.K. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis refused to commit the British government to abiding by a legal arbitration mechanism set out in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement if it did not agree with its findings.

“Were getting into hypotheticals,” Lewis told MPs as he faced questions from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on Wednesday over whether ministers would abide by any future arbitration, calling the discussion “not helpful” and “dangerous.” Lewis insisted that the governments plan is not to get into the arbitration process in the first place.

Committee chair, Conservative Simon Hoare questioned whether countries brokering trade deals with Britain could then expect it to honor arbitration agreements in those deals.

“I think they would be confident in our position,” Lewis replied.

The session follows the launch of the committees Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol Inquiry last week after Lewiss admission that the bill will give ministers the power to go back on parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, so breaching international law. As part of the protocol, a U.K.-EU jRead More – Source