Mrs Lockhart said,
“In September 2020, Michelle O’Neill and Naomi Long travelled to Dublin and stood alongside the Dublin government calling for the ‘rigorous implementation’ of the NI Protocol.
When we were trying to get a better deal for Northern Ireland, they were focused on making a bad deal worse.
One can only draw the conclusion that they were so focused on pleasing the EU that they lost sight of the fact that it was Northern Ireland interests they should have been fighting for. Their anti-unionist politics was clouding their vision.
It is high time both leaders accepted they got it wrong and apologised for their pro-protocol campaign.
Brussels and London now accept the Protocol is flawed but only because of DUP tenacity in standing up and fighting for Northern Ireland.”