Leaders of Northern Ireland's anti-Brexit parties will travel to Dublin tomorrow to meet the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.
The Stormont Assembly last night passed a motion rejecting Boris Johnson’s Internal Market Bill, which would allow the British government to override the Irish Brexit protocol.
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Alliance Party leader Naomi Long and Clare Bailey of the Green Party will discuss their concerns during tomorrow’s meeting in Iveagh House.
The motion passed by the Assembly last night was proposed by the SDLP.
It was backed by Sinn Féin, the Alliance Party and Green Party, but opposed by the DUP and Ulster Unionists.
It states that the Assembly "recognises that a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union is critical in protecting the interests of everyone living in Northern Ireland."
The motion expressed deep concern about the UK’s approach to negotiations with the European Union and rejected arguments that the Internal Market Bill "is necessary to protect the Good Friday Agreement."
Leaders of Northern Ireland anti-Brexit parties @moneillsf @columeastwood @naomi_long + @ClareBaileyGPNI will travel to Dublin tomorrow to meet Minister for Foreign Affairs @simoncoveney to discuss opposition to @BorisJohnson Internal Market Bill @rtenews @RTENewsPaulC #Brexit— Vincent Kearney (@vincekearney) September 23, 2020
It also affirmed the Assembly's commitment to upholding international law and mandated the First and Deputy First Ministers "to take a formal position opposing the UK Internal Market Bill."
The motion called on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson "to respect the will of the people of Northern Ireland and the principles of devolution."