Ultimatum over NI protocol shows rebel Tories do have power. But how to express it?

A Democratic Unionist Party MP who warned rebel Conservative MPs not to oppose legislation on the NI Protocol as a way “to keep poking Boris Johnson in the eye” has admitted that the Tory rebels now have power to influence policy.

But how will they use it?

The plan to change the Protocol is hugely controversial in Northern Ireland and Liz Truss’s proposal to impose unilateral alterations – in defiance of the European Union – threatens to destabilise not only trade with EU nations but also the Good Friday Agreement that keeps the peace in the Province.

Sammy Wilson’s ultimatum may be premature as he hasn’t even seen the details of the changes Truss is proposing.

But he’s certainly right that Tory rebels should not be seen to oppose Boris Johnson’s policies merely to “keep poking Boris Johnson in the eye”.

This Writer has suggested that a better use of any power they have is to halt the inhumane policy to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda.

Any interference in Northern Ireland would merely muddy the issues without helping anybody at all – least of all the people of the UK.

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