A good start, but we are still cautious: DUP

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson last night described the government’s plan to introduce legislation that will override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol as “a good start”.

By Henry McDonald
Wednesday, 18th May 2022, 7:33 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2022, 7:34 am

But the DUP leader stressed that “actions will speak louder than words” and that his party will adopt a “graduated and cautious approach” to the new bill dealing with the post-trade Brexit deal.

The DUP is concerned that any law enabling the UK to make radical alterations to the protocol could be diluted as the bill passes through Westminster, and will take their time before deciding if the legislation is enough for the party to go into a new Stormont Executive.

The core changes Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (pictured) outlined in the House of Commons yesterday include the creation of “green channels” and “red channels” at local ports to separate out those goods exported from GB to NI which are staying only in the Province and those going to the Irish Republic.

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Those goods solely for NI would be subject to no Irish Sea border checks, Ms Truss confirmed.

TUV leader Jim Allister, however, said unionists should stand firm and be “wary of being conned” by a mere promise to change the protocol.