Northern Ireland Protocol rally: TUV leader Jim Allister says ‘Protocol must go in all its parts’

TUV leader Jim Allister told a public rally in Dromore Co Down tonight that the NI Protocol ‘must go in all its parts’.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 10th February 2022, 7:30 pm

TUV leader Jim Allister told a public rally in Dromore Co Down tonight that the NI Protocol ‘must go in all its parts’.

A panel in Dromore Orange Hall consisted of Brexiteers former MEP Ben Habib and Baroness Kate Hoey as well as DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, TUV leader Jim Allister and UUP MLA Robbie Butler.

The panel took questions from the floor about unionism’s approach to the protocol.

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TUV leader, Jim Allister addressed the rally in Dromore tonight.

Speaking to the rally, Mr Allister said: “There is no escaping or fudging of the constitutional consequences of the Protocol. It not only directly challenges Northern Ireland’s position within the UK, but is incompatible with it.

“By its very fettering of internal UK trade it, as the High Court has found, is in direct contradiction of Art 6 of the Acts of Union. Thereby, it has made constitutional change and that without consent. The resulting subjection to foreign laws and jurisdiction gives practical and objectionable effect to its reality. It is an instrument of subjugation and intended to be so.

“Thus, no unionist worthy of the name can ever accept or implement it.

“Its economic mischief is dire, but its constitutional mischief is terminal to the Union.

“Its clear purpose is to build Irish unity through the stepping stone of an all-island economy, whereby Northern Ireland’s alignment to and affiliation with GB is broken and the Irish unification anticipated in the Belfast Agreement is achieved.

“That is why I have always said Unionists either kill the Protocol or it will kill the Union.

“This Protocol is irredeemable. Any tinkering which leaves us in any way in a foreign single market for goods, under a foreign Customs Code and vat regime, all subject to foreign laws and a foreign court, can never be made acceptable or rendered constitutionally viable.”

The News Letter will file further reports on the rally tonight.

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