EU must change negotiating mandate

Speaking in advance of meetings in Brussels, DUP MLAs Diane Dodds and Phillip Brett said that the EU must change their negotiating mandate and recognise the unionist viewpoint.

By Diane Dodds MLA

Upper Bann

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Mrs Dodds said,

“Brussels cannot on one hand talk about “joint solutions” yet on the other state bluntly that “there will be no renegotiation” of the Protocol.

Everyone would agree that a negotiated outcome that is acceptable to all sides is the best way forward. That was also the position clearly outlined by the UK Government when introducing the NI Protocol Bill. The EU however says it wants to engage with the UK yet has refused to change its negotiating mandate to allow any serious engagement.”

Mr Brett said,

“Progress on the Protocol is vital, not just because of the constitutional damage it inflicts upon Northern Ireland, but the further hardship it is placing on every household here. It is driving up the prices on our shelves and costs of construction with 25% tariffs on steel as well as causing uncertainty with medicine supplies.

It’s time for the EU to change course and recognise the unionist viewpoint.”

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