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DUP Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has welcomed progress made on resolving problems created by the Northern Ireland Protocol but urged the Government to recognise there is more work to do.

Sir Jeffrey said,

“It is encouraging to hear the Prime Minister’s preparedness to use Article 16 to remedy the problems created by the Northern Ireland Protocol. With significant problems at ports and the transit of goods into Northern Ireland massively disrupted, the Government needs to act immediately to address the needs of their citizens living in Northern Ireland.

I welcome the Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster’s announcement of a solution to the VAT margin issue on second hand cars. We will want to see the full detail of this but without a solution, the Northern Ireland Protocol was on the verge of destroying practically every second-hand car business in Northern Ireland. I commend the First Minister and the Economy Minister for their intensive efforts alongside our Westminster team in driving this matter home to the Government.

Whilst it is positive news that there is a solution being worked on to remedy Northern Ireland manufacturers falling liable for a 25% tariff on steel, making them uncompetitive, the Government also has a long list of other complexities to address.

The Government must move immediately, like the Irish government, to give a period of derogation and extend the grace period so as companies in Great Britain have time to get systems and processes in place.

There also needs to be a massive job of education undertaken with officials who are evidently going above and beyond what is required. It is ludicrous that people moving house are being turned back at the ports in Great Britain.”