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DUP Deputy Leader and Peer Nigel Dodds has said there must be a fundamental change of approach by Brussels and the Government to undo the economic and societal damage caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Lord Dodds was speaking in advance of discussions between the UK Brexit Minister Lord Frost and his counterpart Maros Sefcovic.

Lord Dodds said,

“The Protocol was foisted on Northern Ireland despite all unionist parties being opposed to it. Both London and Brussels must understand the delicate balance in Northern Ireland and recognise that enduring progress is only made when they actually honour the Agreements affecting N Ireland and the need for the east/west relationship to be treated at least as favourably as the north/south one.

The decision to press ahead without unionist support has fractured relationships and been at the root of instability. There must be a fundamental change of approach.

Words alone will not fix the problems. There must be action. The Protocol is flawed both constitutionally and economically. It must be replaced.”