Ministers urged to fix ‘democratic deficit’ caused by Northern Ireland Protocol

11 days ago Telegraph & Argus

Ministers need to fix the “democratic deficit” affecting Northern Ireland and ensure better Parliamentary scrutiny over the pieces of EU legislation that continue to apply to the country, peers have urged. The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee scrutinises EU legislative proposals that may affect Northern Ireland because of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Lord Hain said: “Boris Johnson and Lord Frost, endorsed by Rishi Sunak, negotiated a deal making Northern Ireland an EU rule-taker rather than as Northern Ireland was before Brexit, an EU rule-maker. “Like Northern Ireland, Norway is in the single market but not in the EU. “These consultative rights for EAA members are important to overcome what would otherwise be their own democratic deficit over the single market legislation.
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