Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

'Stormont Brake' Passes in Commons

The Windsor Framework's "Stormont Brake" passed muster in the House of Commons Wednesday by 515 votes to 29.

The vote was a part affirmation of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's attempt to match Northern Ireland's political landscape with the Northern Ireland Protocol and the North's continued link with the European Union's Single Market.

The Irish Times reported the vote on the Stormont Brake was seen as a proxy for approval of the entire Windsor Framework.

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"The vote was passed by 515 votes to 29. While the breakdown of such votes is not immediately released, with eight Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MPs set to have voted against it, that is likely to have meant 21 Conservative rebels defied the whip," the Times report stated.

Prior to the vote reports indicated that the opposition to Sunak's plan would include "No" votes from former prime ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.

The Stormont Brake makes it possible for a minority in the North Assembly to raise concerns about new EU laws applying in the North under the Windsor Framework. However, the  Assembly is not up an running as the DUP continues to boycott it.

Downing Street, according to the Times report, has indicated that there could be further votes in the weeks ahead on the statutory instruments needed to implement other elements of the Windsor Framework.