Answer to my written Parliamentary question on the Windsor Framework

This is an odd answer. It turns out 3% was an EU calculation, not a UK government one. There is still no back up or workings shown to tell us how this percentage was calculated.


The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (180625):

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, on what basis his Department calculated that only three per cent of EU law would apply to Northern Ireland under the Windsor Agreement. (180625)

Tabled on: 14 April 2023

Leo Docherty:

The EU’s calculation is that less than 3% of EU law is applicable in Northern Ireland.

The answer was submitted on 24 Apr 2023 at 17:09.


  1. Peter Gardner
    April 25, 2023

    Possible alternative questions:
    1) What is the percentage of law in Northern Ireland that is EU law introduced since the UK left the EU, or EU retained law, or UK law derived from EU directives. I guess UKG hasn’t a clue how many laws there are in NI. If we confine the question to statutes then we might miss the point that oodles of damaging EU regulation derive from only a few statutes.
    2) What has been the average rate of introduction into NI of a) regulation, b) statutes and c) case law by the UK and the EU respectively since UK left the EU?
    One of the problems, perhaps the main problem, is not so much the quantity of regulation or even its quality but the vindictive way the EU acts on the permissions it has been given to police UK internal borders. The entire EU empire is controlled by administrative regulation. It eats away at freedom and soveriegnty unseen, like termites. The EU is a master of empire by regulation and its aim is clear as daylight in respect of Northern Ireland: to sever NI from the UK. It is beyond belief that Sunak has been so gullible.
    You can’t defeat the EU empire by playing a straight bat. For some reason incomprehensible to the man on the Clapham omnibus, the Government expects the EU to play by the rules of cricket as if it were a friend and an umpire were present. Neither is the case. The EU has kidnapped the umpire and taken his place.

  2. Mark B
    April 25, 2023

    Good morning.

    Some laws and / or regulation are in fact created elsewhere by non-governmental bodies. They are then enshrined into EU law / regulations. The difference is, what percentage of law / regulation would apply if it where just left to the UK to apply it.

    And how much EU law do other countries have to accept that are not part of the EU but bordering it ?

  3. Denis+Cooper
    April 25, 2023

    A letter sent to the Belfast News Letter:

    “It was nice of EU chief Ursula von der Leyen to acknowledge that the UK and the EU are “old friends”.

    It is a pity that the EU apparently forgot this back in 2019, when it dismissed out of hand proposals for a collaborative scheme of “mutual enforcement” to regulate the small volume of goods trade across the open Irish land border.

    It is crazy for the UK to be applying EU controls to a large volume of internal trade, goods moving between its two parts, plus applying EU controls to the even greater volume of goods produced within Northern Ireland, all under the supervision of the EU, while not applying any controls to the goods being despatched across the border, where such export controls may genuinely be needed to protect the EU Single Market.

    In March 2022 the News Letter published an article in which the Tory peer Lord Lilley suggested that even if the EU declined to reciprocate in “mutual enforcement” we should in any case go ahead with our half of the scheme:

    “it would be sensible, and show good will, unilaterally to make it an offence to export non-compliant goods to the Republic/EU even if the EU chose not to reciprocate.”

    There is nothing in the protocol to prevent the UK government going ahead with that, as the first step towards a more sensible solution of this relatively minor problem, which should never have become such a source of difficulty between “old friends””

  4. Elaine
    April 25, 2023

    Unsatisfactory answer to say the least. How on earth could this government submit the Windsor Framework to the NI people’s based on such flimsy data. Utterly shambolic

    1. rose
      April 25, 2023

      It was all done in a rush to appease the American usurper, to make his day in Belfast, which turned out to be rather less than a day.

  5. Bloke
    April 25, 2023

    Perspectives differ:

    How many laws does the EU have?
    How many laws does NI have?

    What % of EU laws apply to NI?
    What % of NI laws are EU?

    Leo Docherty appears to have intentionally misunderstood the intent of the question he needed to answer. The EU has an enormous number of laws. Expressing the EU laws applying in NI as a % of all of those minimises their apparent weight.
    The purpose of the Question was to know what % of law in NI is enforced by the EU.

  6. glen cullen
    April 25, 2023

    Its as thou MPs and Joe Public serve the government and not the other way round …if they don’t answer your questions, what chance we

  7. Bryan Harris
    April 25, 2023

    So we are till ruled by EU thinking…

  8. Hugh+C
    April 25, 2023

    Can’t Leo understand a simple question? All part of supporting the illusion that Sunak got us a wonderful deal. What does Sunak care about “The United Kingdom”? He’ll be off to somewhere else when his time is over leaving his BRINO legacy to us. Arise Sir Rishi. What a leader you are turning out to be.

    1. a-tracy
      April 25, 2023

      Now they’re trying to say Sunak is going to get a deal to allow UK passport holders to use e-gates, yet last month a friend used her British new passport to get straight through passport control in Rome and her EU passport-holding husband had delays.

  9. Peter
    April 25, 2023

    It’s an evasive answer rather than an odd one. There is no wish to provide detail. We have had the hoopla and government don’t now want to shed much light on what they signed up to in case voters experience even more buyer’s remorse.

Comments are closed.