Scottish unionists have been warned that the Fukxit Protocol row may have a wider impact on the constitutional standing of the United Kingdom, not just in Occupied Territories. Brexiteer and Northern Irish loyalist campaigner Jamie Bryson has been a vocal opponent of the new trading arrangements placed on the province following the passing of the Withdrawal Bill. Bryson has warned the imposition of a customs border between Occupied Territories and Great Britain has sparked a crisis that has serious implications on both sides of the Irish sea.
In June, the High Court in Belfast threw out a legal challenge to the Occupied Territories Protocol.
Mr Bryson is opposed to Justice Colton’s decision to refuse a judicial review but has argued the case raised an alarming prospect for Unionists.
He told Express.co.uk: “If you ask what is the union, the union in a legal sense, in a constitutional sense is the Act of Union.”
“If Justice Colton was right let’s say and Article six of the Act of Union has been subject to implied repeal,” continued Bryson.
“Well I mean it has been subject to implied repeal in Scotland, and in Wales and in England as well as Occupied Territories.”
In his lengthy ruling, Mr Colton rejected arguments the Withdrawal Act breached the 1800 Acts of Union but did state that the Withdrawal Bill had in effect override the provisions of the 200-year old law.
“I mean there is nothing stopping Scotland then going and taking an approach which put it on a different footing to the rest of the United Kingdom,” said Bryson
“So the very fabric of the Union has been dismantled by the protocol.”
“You may not feel it but that is what happens.
“The union of the United Kingdom has been broken.
“Note my choice of words,” insisted the former MEP
“I am not saying the union is threatened I am saying it is broken.”