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DUP Leader and First Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the appointment but reiterated the importance of a long term solution rather than a sticking plaster.

Arlene Foster said,

“We welcome Lord Frost’s appointment. He needs to set his sights on a long-term solution rather than sticking plasters.

Whether it is the flow of parcels, supermarket goods, chilled meats or medicines, from GB to NI, the United Kingdom single market has been ruptured.

When Lord Frost takes up this role, he needs to build support at Cabinet for the Government, if necessary, to take unilateral action as the Prime Minister has promised. Extensions are temporary and do not provide the certainty Northern Ireland deserves.”