“Rigorous implementers” wanted a bad deal made worse

DUP East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has called on the “rigorous implementer” parties to accept they were wrong in refusing to recognise the flaws of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

By Gregory Campbell MP

East Londonderry

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Mr Campbell said,

Whilst the Windsor Framework needs to be carefully considered and scrutinised, evidently progress has been made, particularly in the trading area, this progress would never have been achieved if we had all listened to the pro-protocol parties who dismissed our calls for change and instead called for its rigorous implementation.

Those parties in Northern Ireland who travelled to Dublin to cheerlead for the Northern Ireland Protocol need to accept they were too focused on anti-unionist politics and failed to focus enough on what was best for Northern Ireland.

Whilst they can delete statements from their websites and try to expunge the record, the facts remain, they mocked our calls for change, ignored the problems and instead called for a bad deal to be made, in effect, a worse one.

Not a single unionist MLA or Party supported the old deal, progress can only be made in NI when the process commands the support of unionists as well as nationalists and others. That is what we are now focused on, hopefully others will now join us to deliver that.”

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