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DUP Leader Edwin Poots MLA has written to Emmanuel Macron and attached a copy of the Belfast Agreement with the relevant section about Northern Ireland’s constitutional status highlighted.

Mr Poots said,

“Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that Northern Ireland is not part of the United Kingdom is offensive and demands a statement from the French administration which recognises Northern Ireland’s constitutional status.

This also exposes the ignorance which lies at the heart of the EU. They seem blind to the destruction the Protocol has caused to the Belfast Agreement.

Its five years since the referendum. Northern Ireland has been centre stage for most of that time yet the most powerful man in one of the most powerful EU countries still doesn’t realise that Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. It’s incredible.

Key leaders in the European Union clearly do not even understand the basics let alone the finer details.

It is time for the Government to stop talking about fixes to the Protocol and get on with taking the necessary steps to remove it.”