FIRST MINISTER: NORTHERN IRELAND PROTOCOL CANNOT WORK AND MUST BE REPLACED
Brexit’s contentious Northern Ireland Protocol “cannot work”, and must be replaced, First Minister Arlene Foster has said.
Writing in Thursday’s Daily Telegraph, Mrs Foster said the Prime Minister had committed to protecting the UK internal market by all legislative means necessary, including triggering Article 16 and that he “must now back up those words with tangible actions”.
The DUP leader is quoted as saying: “The Northern Ireland Protocol has not worked, cannot work and in light of our proposals to the Government, needs to be replaced.”
She warned that simply extending grace periods for businesses could not solve the “wholly disproportionate” checks implemented since the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, and that the region’s “political and economic links” to the UK were at risk.
Mrs Foster made the remarks following crunch talks on the protocol between Northern Ireland’s leaders and the UK and EU.