The Belfast Newsletter, 18 December
DUP MP Sammy Wilson blamed the “tentacles of the European Union” for preventing the Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill from applying in Northern Ireland.
The bill will ban the export from Great Britain of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and horses for slaughter and fattening.
Mr Wilson cast doubt on claims that leaving out Northern Ireland from the bill’s remit would allow it to trade with both the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The East Antrim MP told the Commons: “EU law will still apply and does still apply in Northern Ireland, and the reason why this particular bill cannot apply in Northern Ireland is as a result of the protocol, and the Windsor Framework and the arrangements that have been put in place.
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