Mr Donaldson welcomed the Labour MP to his new post and invited Mr Kyle to Northern Ireland to see first-hand the damage being caused on a daily basis by the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Mr Donaldson said,
“Mr Kyle takes up his post at a difficult time for Northern Ireland, as a result of the political, economic and societal instability caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol.
It must be a matter of concern to the Labour Party, that not a single unionist MLA or MP supports the Northern Ireland Protocol.
As the Labour Leader clearly stated on his last visit to Northern Ireland, he understands the concerns of communities and businesses about the problems caused by the Protocol. It is vital that these concerns are addressed and resolved so that the political institutions can continue to operate, with the Irish Sea border removed and Northern Ireland’s place in the U.K. Internal Market fully restored.
I have invited Peter to Northern Ireland to witness first-hand the damage being caused on a daily basis by the Northern Ireland Protocol.
There is a clear responsibility upon the Shadow Secretary of State to ensure he hears from those directly impacted by the Protocol and I look forward to him taking up my request.
The Labour Party has in the past played an important role in achieving political progress in Northern Ireland. I look forward to Peter’s support in ending the uncertainty caused by the Protocol, to allow Northern Ireland to continue to move forward.”