DUP leader tells Tory lawmakers that protocol is a ‘bad deal for the UK’


The leader of the Uttar Pradesh, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, told Conservative MPs in the Backbench Committee of 1922 that the Northern Ireland Protocol was “a good deal for Brussels, but a bad deal for the UK”.

C Jeffrey met with influential groups as part of his efforts to pressure the government to remove the so-called Irish Sea border.

I have a meeting with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefkovic on Thursday ahead of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’s meeting to discuss negotiations on a post-Brexit deal.

Speaking after the meeting, Sir Jeffrey said: “This was a welcome opportunity to outline the Conservative Parliamentary Party, to reiterate the extremely damaging and destabilizing effect of the Protocol on Northern Ireland and the need for imminent action by the HM Government.

“In short, it’s a good deal for Brussels but a bad deal for the United Kingdom.

“I used this momentous occasion to set out a clear and unequivocal assessment by pro-Union voices of Northern Ireland that, if this is abandoned, the Protocol would address the economic and constitutional deviation of Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom. Will give birth

“A position that no conservative and federalist government ever should or cannot accept.”

Northern Ireland is required to implement EU law, without any input from UK representatives

The protocol barred a tough border on the island of Ireland after Brexit, but introduced new trade barriers across the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.

While the EU has made concessions on its operations, particularly to reduce the flow of drugs, this has not satisfied many who oppose it.

The DUP has said that the system is not sustainable as it does not have the support of the federalist community.

Sir Jeffrey stated that the members of the 1922 Committee expressed “clear concern” at the continued role of the European Union in the internal affairs of the United Kingdom.

He added: “Without any input from UK representatives, Northern Ireland is required to implement EU law and is subject to the jurisdiction of the EU courts.

“The current temporary grace period may save Northern Ireland from the complete economic devastation of the Protocol, but at the current cost to our economy of £2.5 million each day, businesses in the United Kingdom cannot sustain continued enforcement of the Protocol.