Progress requires a return to consensus politics: Robinson

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has said there must be a recognition that progress can only be made in Northern Ireland when unionism and nationalism move forward together.

By Gavin Robinson MP

Belfast East

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He was speaking following comments from the Taoiseach Micheal Martin.

The DUP MP said, "Figures within the EU, including the Taoiseach are quick to comment on perceived failures by the United Kingdom, but they remain entirely deaf to unionism and to the fact that progress in Northern Ireland requires both unionists and nationalists moving forward together.

Figures such as Tony Blair have identified that political will and consensus politics are the way to secure progress yet unfortunately this is simply dismissed. We understand that Micheal Martin feels a duty to defend the EU position, but it is leadership that is required rather than simply doubling down on a position which has demonstrably failed.

A year ago the EU were rejecting calls for a renegotiation out of hand, but finally that position was dropped. What is required is to translate an acceptance that the Protocol is flawed into action that can restore Northern Ireland's place within the UK and see a return to consensus politics. That should be a prize valued by everyone."

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