DUP welcomes Truss’s pledge to suspend parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol


UP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has welcomed Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’s pledge to suspend parts of the post-Brexit deal if a deal with the EU is not reached.

Britain and the European Union continue to negotiate the Northern Ireland Protocol, which has been strongly opposed by federalists.

They honor many checks at Northern Ireland ports, while the area effectively remains within the EU Single Market to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland, as it instead formed a border in the Irish Sea. goes.

Ms Truss said she would suggest a “constructive proposal” to her EU counterpart, Maros Sefkovic, during talks on Thursday.

But he said he is “willing” to invoke Article 16, which would suspend parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol if a deal cannot be reached.

It comes after Sir Jeffrey threatened to withdraw his ministers from the Stormont executive if there was no progress on the protocol.

He is due to meet with Ms Truss this week, and he welcomed her latest statement.

“He is right that federalists do not consent to protocol and we require the government to abide by their commitment to safeguarding the union and Northern Ireland’s place in the UK internal market,” he tweeted.

Ulster unionist leader Doug Beatty also welcomed Ms Truss’s latest comments as “a way forward in dealing with trade issues with the EU”.

UUP leader Doug Beatty said Liz Truss’s comments provide a ‘way forward in dealing with trade issues’ (Liam McBurney/PA) , PA Wire

“It is entirely appropriate that goods from Great Britain that are destined to remain in Northern Ireland should not be subject to checks, and that those goods for the EU market may be checked at our ports. We have previously It has recommended the law to make it practical by 2019,” he said.

“This will go a long way to de-escalating a difficult situation and should form the basis of a constructive dialogue with Maros Sefkovic this coming week.