Jeffrey Donaldson’s stance on protocol is not about the DUP but about the survival of Union, says Peter Robinson

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s new stance on the Northern Ireland Protocol is not about the survival of the DUP, but of the Union, Peter Robinson says today.

Friday, 17th September 2021, 2:39 am
Updated Friday, 17th September 2021, 2:48 am
Peter Robinson, the then DUP leader, with Jeffrey Donaldson MP at the 2015 general election count

Writing in the News Letter, the former DUP leader warmly praises his successor’s recent speech, and says he knew it “would provoke a reaction”.

Mr Robinson dismisses the “bile in most of the reports” from “the DUP-haters in the media” who depict it as a threat from Sir Jeffrey to devolution.

The former first minister observes how “Sinn Fein who previously brought down the assembly and only a few months ago threatened to do it again unless they got their Irish language demands met, sought to lecture the DUP on how dangerous and foolish it would be to threaten the assembly’s existence”.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

In his News Letter column, Mr Robinson adds: “Most democratic countries make provisions for consulting the electorate and Northern Ireland is no different.”

He says that commentators have missed the fact that an “election would not be about the DUP or party politics but the protocol and the survival of the Union”.

He adds: “It takes a special kind of political deceiver to argue that others should not think of doing what they have both done, and then later threatened to do again.”

Mr Robinson mocks the UUP plan to ‘lobby’ against the protocol and says it is good that Edward Carson did not take such an approach over Home Rule a century ago.

——— ———

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers — and consequently the revenue we receive — we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to and enjoy unlimited access to the best Northern Ireland and UK news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Ben Lowry

Acting Editor