US delegation will hear real and costly impact of Protocol on everyone in NI

DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP will lead a delegation to meet with members of the US Congressional Ways and Means Committee in Stormont on Thursday morning.

Sir Jeffrey said,

“This has been a terrible congressional visit. Since Rep. Neal set foot on these shores, he has once again demonstrated a one-sided approach to Northern Ireland and exposed either an incredible lack of understanding or a dangerous willingness to misrepresent reality.

We have written to the entire Ways and Means Committee outlining how there is nothing ‘manufactured’ about the Protocol problems. This was an outrageous comment for such a senior US politician to make. Whether it is our pharmacies accessing medicines, our garden centres buying plants, farmers unable to move livestock, manufacturers unable to bring in parts or our supermarkets seeing the price of frozen food forced up, the Irish Sea border is real and is having a costly impact on everyone in Northern Ireland.

The American administration can be a force for good and has been in the past, but this Congressional visit has been more of a hinderance than a help.

Despite the one-sided approach of Rep Neal, we will be attending the meeting to put forward our view to his delegation. I am a firm believer in challenging those who have adopted a Sinn Fein narrative. I have challenged Congressman Neal and others before and I will continue to do so.”

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