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Addressing the House of Commons today about the end of the Transition Period, DUP MP for Upper Bann challenged Rt Hon Michael Gove to spell out how the Government would protect the integrity of the UK market, in allowing the flow of goods between mainland UK and Northern Ireland to continue unhindered.

Commenting from Westminster Carla Lockhart said:

“Speculation about 7000 trucks sitting in queues in Kent for two-day would be devastating for UK-EU business, but so too would any queue or delay as a consequence of the deeply damaging Northern Ireland Protocol between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

The DUP voted against the Withdrawal Agreement in Parliament. We were opposed to any concept that Northern Ireland’s economic place in the UK internal market should be compromised by the Protocol.

Today, I pressed the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rt Hon Michael Gove, that no such queues would feature at any checks being imposed between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The seamless and swift flow of goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain is vital to local business and to local consumers. Any delay would have devastating consequences, particularly for our agri-food industry for whom speed of delivery of product is key.

Once again, we had pledges that the Government is doing what it can to avoid this situation. That must translate to meaningful action. The clock is ticking and the need for certainty and clarity is pressing.”