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DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP has spoken with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson this afternoon by telephone.

Speaking afterwards Sir Jeffrey said,

“This was my first conversation with the Prime Minister since becoming leader of the DUP and I took the opportunity to remind him that my number one objective is to restore our place within the UK internal market.

The Northern Ireland Protocol has damaged the economic and constitutional integrity of the Union. We will work with the Prime Minister and others in Parliament to deal with the Protocol. It is flawed and cannot remain.

We also discussed the need for Northern Ireland to benefit from the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda and in particular for enhanced connectivity between Northern Ireland the rest of the United Kingdom.”