Sir Jeffrey Donaldson underscores flaws of the Protocol with Sir Keir Starmer

DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP today met the Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer and the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Louise Haigh MP.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Donaldson said,

"It is always a pleasure to welcome the Leader of the Opposition to Northern Ireland. Through his work with the Policing Board previously Sir Keir is someone who will know the challenges faced in Northern Ireland, but the need to maintain the delicate balance which has secured progress here.

It was Labour Prime Ministers who overseen the signing of both the Belfast and St Andrews Agreements. Both the principle of consent as well as the interlocking and interdependent nature of the three-stranded approach on which those agreements are based have been fundamentally damaged by the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Protocol undermines those foundational Agreements and the consensus so necessary for progress. I underscored my commitment to making Northern Ireland work and urged Sir Keir and his team to work with us as we seek to deal with the flawed Withdrawal Agreement and restore Northern Ireland fully within the UK internal market.”

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