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Donaldson Reiterates Stormont Threat Over Northern Ireland Protocol

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson wrote to DUP members reiterating his threat of collapse Stormont if Irish Sea border is not removed.

DUP leaders criticize Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his lack of action on what he said was “unsustainable”.

Sir Jeffrey also criticized Mr Johnson over the parties allegedly breaking the lock at No 10, saying “nobody is above the rules”.

In the letter, seen by the PA news agency, Sir Jeffrey said: “Last Tuesday I met Lord Frost, the UK’s negotiator on the NI Protocol, and on Wednesday I challenged it. Prime Minister in the House of Commons on the lack of movement on the Irish Sea border is being scrapped.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Adrian Dennis/PA)

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“Everybody else asked him about the parties but I was determined to focus my mind on restoring NI’s place in the UK.

“His answer was a standard one with very little sign of movement. That is not sustainable.

“I made space for conversations. I was rational, but Brussels is being unreasonable. These talks cannot continue for many years.

“The Prime Minister must realize that without progress, as I said, on 9 September it is not sustainable for us to continue to engage with the political institutions that are being used to impose the protocol. steady.

“Uncertainty is deeply damaging on so many levels.”

Mr Johnson told Sir Jeffrey on Wednesday that he believes Northern Ireland The Protocol could be implemented “the other way around”, but the EU must be convinced of this.

The UK has not ruled out using Article 16 if negotiations with the EU do not progress.

The government has repeatedly warned that it will trigger Article 16 to suspend elements of the protocol if no progress is made.



It’s time for the Government to fulfill that commitment

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

However, some unionists in Northern Ireland are concerned that Mr Johnson has yet to deliver on that threat.

“We rejoined the NI Council in January 2020 based on the New Decade New Approach agreement and in which the UK government commitment to restore NI’s place in the UK internal market. Great Britain,” added Sir Jeffrey.

“It is time for the Government to fulfill that commitment.”

The DUP leader also attacked the Prime Minister for allegedly breaking the lockdown rules at No 10, telling members he had buried his father at a Covid-compliant funeral.

“I buried my father in a locked door. No one is above the rules. He wrote.

“Our family had a strictly compliant funeral even though we have a large extended family. It was difficult when some of our close family and friends had to stay away from the funeral.”

He also criticized Sinn Fein for “double standards”, after Michelle O’Neill criticized the Prime Minister for undermining the public health message earlier this week.

First Deputy Secretary Michelle O’Neill (Liam McBurney/PA)

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“That’s why I find Sinn Fein’s defense of sending hundreds of people down the street to Bobby Storey’s funeral so offensive,” he said.

“However, without the slightest embarrassment, Sinn Fein rushed to the microphone to criticize Boris Johnson.

“Gerry Adams, Michelle O’Neill, Gerry Kelly and Mary Lou McDonald tried to play the public for idiots last year.

“One rule for them another rule for the rest of us. Let’s never forget Sinn Fein’s ability to have a double standard.”

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