According to Sam Lowe, a trade researcher at the Centre for European Reform, the change excludes labour standards from dispute resolution mechanisms. [27] In addition, the level playing field mechanism has been moved from the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement to the Political Declaration[24] and the line in the Political Declaration that “the UK will consider aligning itself with EU legislation in relevant areas” has been deleted. [26] “But without amendment, we will not vote for the Prime Minister`s approval. This would be economically bad for Northern Ireland and would weaken the foundations of this great United Kingdom. After an unprecedented vote out of 4. In December 2018, MPs decided that the UK government was flouting Parliament for refusing to give Parliament the full legal opinion it had received on the impact of its proposed withdrawal conditions. [29] The key point of the opinion concerned the legal effect of the “backstop” agreement for Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the UK with regard to the EU-UK customs border and its impact on the Good Friday Agreement, which had led to an end to the unrest in Northern Ireland – and in particular whether the UK would be safe, to be able to leave the EU in a practical sense according to the draft proposals. Welsh Labour Minister Jo Stevens, Green Party of England and Wales Vice-President Amelia Womack and the UK`s Pregnancy Counselling Service have criticised the DUP`s anti-abortion stance and expressed concern about the party`s possible influence on the minority government. [41] LGBT+ and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson (as she herself pointed out, a Scottish Protestant who is considering marrying an Irish Catholic[42]) has criticized the DUP`s position on social issues, particularly LGBT rights. .