Under pressure from the Prime Minister Liz Truss confirmed its commitment to Northern Ireland Protocol Bill said that any negotiations with the European Union would “reflect the same position”.
Truss faced her first Prime Minister’s Questions session after she sacked her former chancellor and abandoned most of her previous economic policies.
The Prime Minister was the figure tasked with introducing the protocol bill during her time as Foreign Secretary under Boris Johnson.
Legislation currently before the House of Lords would allow ministers to overturn some of Northern Ireland’s trade rules after Brexit if a negotiated settlement with the European Union cannot be reached.
The Northern Ireland Protocol was intended to avoid a hard border with Ireland, but created economic barriers to the movement of goods between the UK and Northern Ireland, causing discontent and anger among many unionists and loyalists.
The dispute has stalled attempts to form a devolved government in Belfast.
The UK government has promised to amend the protocol either through a compromise with the EU or through proposed domestic legislation.
Asked by her colleague David Jones, Ms Truss said: “I am fully committed to the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, it deals with the very specific issues we face in Northern Ireland, free trade and ensuring that the people of Northern Ireland can benefit from being part of the UK.
“I can tell my honorable friend that any negotiations will reflect the same position that is in the protocol bill.”
Meanwhile, during questions from Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, Ms Truss made a public apology in the House of Commons.
The Prime Minister told MPs: “I have made it very clear that I am sorry and that I have made mistakes.”
On Monday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt reversed almost all of the tax cuts announced by his predecessor Kwasi Kwarteng in September in an attempt to calm financial markets after weeks of turbulence.
Ms Truss told MPs: “The right thing to do in the circumstances is to make the changes that I have made and get on with the job and deliver for the British people.”
During her conversation, shouts of “Resign” could be heard.
The prime minister is fighting to keep her job and has risked another clash with Tory MPs by voting against Labour’s fracking initiative in a test of confidence in her administration.
She told MPs: “I’m a fighter, not a quitter” as she fought to keep her job, echoing a 2001 declaration made by Labor grandee Peter Mandelson.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer asked: “What’s the point of a prime minister whose promises don’t even last a week?”
He said: “Last week the Prime Minister stood there promising absolutely no spending cuts, they were all cheered. This week the Chancellor announced a new wave of cuts. What’s the point of a Prime Minister whose promises don’t even last a week ?” “
Liz Truss responded: “Well, I can assure (him) that spending will go up next year and will go up the year after, but of course we have to get value for taxpayers’ money.
“The Labor Party has promised to spend hundreds of billions, none of which they have withdrawn, (he) needs to make his policies reflect the reality of the economy.”