Paul Givan said his party colleague Edwin Poots ordered the suspension of controversial checks after a failed bid to secure broader approval for Staumont executives.
The expected move by the Minister of Agriculture is stunted and branded by other parties in the executive department claiming that Mr. Putz does not have the authority to prevent the checks required under the terms of the international treaty Brexit withdrawal agreement. it was done.
Sinn Féin Party Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill, who claimed that the proposal would expose the Democratic Unionist Party to “public ridicule,” said civil servants were obliged to disobey Mr. Putz’s orders because such instructions were illegal.
However, Givan provided a very different interpretation, and Poots argued that he no longer had the legal protection to continue the agricultural food checks currently being carried out by staff in his department.
He said civil servants would be legally required to follow instructions from the minister.
The controversy is focused on whether Mr. Putz requires the authority of a broader Staumont administrator to carry out the checks and inspections of goods arriving from the United Kingdom as required by Brexit’s Northern Ireland Protocol.
Claiming that a recent court ruling made it clear that such authority was needed, Mr. Putz sought to secure executive approval by asking him to vote at a meeting on Thursday.
He knew that if the issue was raised to the administration, his party could then veto and block check approval.
Recognizing that, the Sinn Féin party used its own veto to keep the issue off the agenda in the first place.
Poots currently claims that he has no legal authority to continue checking without the support of a wider range of executives.
It is unclear when he will officially announce that he has instructed them to stop.
Giban told Staumont reporters that his colleagues would act.
“I think it’s a mistake that the Sinn Féin party didn’t allow it to executives, because executives need to agree to continue these checks, so keep checking. We believe that is illegal, “he said.
“To do that, as Minister, Edwin Poots needs to act in a way that solves the problem, and Edwin Poots will act.
“The fact that it is not on the agenda does not change the legal parameters that Edwin Poots as Minister must fulfill his obligations, and he will take action.
“That’s what DUP said we’re trying to do, and we’re trying to do it.”
Mr Giban said civil servants are obliged to follow the instructions of the minister.
“It is the politicians who are elected, and they have a democratic mission. Civil servants do not have the democratic authority to make these decisions, and absolutely, civil servants are democratic of their ministers. You will have to follow the instructions of a democratic minister, “he said.
“If you don’t, I think it will have a big impact on the operation of civil servants.”
The Sinn Féin party claims that executives have already made a decision in 2020 that Mr. Putz’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) will be legally responsible for conducting the checks.
The party is now pointing out Mr. Putz’s response to the SDLP MLA in late 2020, claiming that it confirms his position.
In September 2020, before the check was carried out, SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone asked Mr. Putz for the legal advice he had sought if he failed to prepare as required by the Brexit withdrawal agreement to carry out the check. rice field.
Poots said in his response that his department is responsible for conducting agricultural safety checks and that UK domestic law requires compliance with that obligation.
In response to a clear contrast between his position in 2020 and his current position, Mr Putz said Thursday:
Mr O’Neill dismissed the Democratic Unionist Party’s allegations on Thursday. She characterized it as campaigning ahead of a parliamentary poll scheduled for May.
“Edwin Poots himself clearly states in the parliamentary room that he has a legal responsibility to manage checks at the port, which is still true today,” she said.
“There is also a very clear enforcement policy that it is his department, the Daera department, that has to manage these checks. Therefore, he is the responsible minister.
“Instead of elections and stunt politics, he should continue his work.
“That’s why I made that so clear to him. It’s all about elections, everyone, this is what the Democratic Unionist Party is doing. Stunts on this issue over the past few months. There are more stunts in the long list of. “
Mr O’Neill said the administration has very clear legal advice from the lawyer’s president on this issue.
She said civil servants must comply with the department’s legal obligations under the withdrawal treaty, regardless of Mr. Putz’s instructions.
“He is responsible, and (Daera) is responsible for having to submit a check because it is an international agreement, regardless of what the Minister said,” she said.
It is understood that the allegations that executives have already agreed to designate Daera as the responsible department for checks are largely based on a minute from the May 21, 2020 Power Sharing Government meeting.
At that time, Arlene Foster was the first minister alongside Ms. O’Neill as Deputy Prime Minister.
PA news agencies understand that the executive minutes look like this:
“The Prime Minister advised:
(I) The Government of the United Kingdom has published a policy approach to the implementation of the Protocol, which simplifies such checks as well as the need for arrangements to control the entry of agricultural products into Northern Ireland. The need to minimize has also been identified.
(Ii) She and the Deputy Prime Minister will continue to be involved with the Government of Westminster on this issue, including the JMC (EN) meeting later that day.
“It was agreed that the Ministers of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas would lead this issue with the support of cross-sectoral groups, and the authorities needed to move this forward with the DEFRA, Cabinet. We will confirm with the Whitehall that we will work with the government and NIO. “
If the protocol check is suspended, the UK Government will be in conflict with the obligations under the terms of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
In such situations, the government can use that authority to order the resumption of the check.
But given the Foreign Minister, it can be in a politically unpleasant position. Liz Truss We are currently involved in intensive negotiations with Brussels to significantly reduce the number of checks required under the Protocol.
In an interview with Belfast Telegraph, published Thursday night, Ms. Truss appeared to suggest that the government would not intervene, saying it was a “problem for the administration.”
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