During Prime Minister’s Questions, the DUP Leader reminded Mr Johnston that the Northern Ireland Executive was restored upon the basis of commitments given to fully restore Northern Ireland’s place within the United Kingdom’s Internal Market.
Sir Jeffrey said,
“The Northern Ireland Executive was restored upon the basis of the New Decade, New Approach Agreement.
Central to this Agreement was the clear and unambiguous commitment from the Government to fully restore Northern Ireland’s place within the United Kingdom’s Internal Market.
The political institutions can only continue to operate if they command the necessary support in Northern Ireland.
Without the support of a single unionist MLA or MP for the Protocol, the Government must take urgent steps to honour their commitment to remove the Irish Sea Border.
The lack of progress in addressing and resolving this issue has led many to question the sustainability of the political institutions.
It now falls to the Prime Minister to take decisive action to safeguard the political institutions in Northern Ireland, based upon the commitments given in New Decade, New Approach.
If the Prime Minister fails to act to safeguard the political institutions, then it will fall to my Party to take all steps necessary to bring this issue to a head.”