Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021
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EU Needs to Recognise Northern Ireland Protocol Has Failed: Sir Jeffrey Donaldsonon July 19, 2021 at 5:01 pm

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DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has insisted that the European Union needs to recognise that the Northern Ireland Protocol has “failed.” He was speaking shortly before taking part in a virtual meeting with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic. The protocol, which was negotiated as part of the Brexit settlement to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, is set to be top of the agenda. Unionists strongly oppose the additional checks on goods arriving into Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK as undermining the union. Leading supermarkets at the weekend hit out over fears of the impact on supply lines into the region once various grace periods on checks end. “The EU need to recognise that the protocol has failed, it is creating very substantial problems in terms of barriers to trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, our biggest market, and distortions in trade,” …

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