Peter Weir rejects suggestion DUP considering collapsing Stormont over NI Protocol

DUP Education Minister Peter Weir has rejected a suggestion his party is considering pulling down the Stormont institutions in protest at the Northern Ireland Protocol.

By PA Reporter
Monday, 22nd March 2021, 9:40 am

Mr Weir was responding to comments from David Campbell, chairman of the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC), an umbrella group representing loyalist paramilitary groups.

In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Mr Campbell claimed DUP leader Arlene Foster had told the LCC that collapsing the Executive was within her party’s “thinking” but only after all other avenues to ditch the protocol had been exhausted.

Mr Weir said the issue was not raised at the meeting between the LCC and the DUP leadership last month.

Education Minister and DUP MLA, Peter Weir.

“I think we’re somewhat bemused by the comments and I think we’re seeking David to clarify the situation, whether he’s misinterpreted,” Mr Weir told BBC Radio Ulster.

“But you know the reality is in terms of the meeting that was held between the DUP and David’s group, we didn’t raise the issue of bringing down the Assembly, it wasn’t discussed, it’s not within our thinking, and I think that would be counterproductive.

“I think what we are looking to see across the board, across unionism as a whole, is constructive co-operation on an entirely sort of peaceful constitutional manner to see what actions can be taken against the protocol and that’s where the focus of our activities is.

“We’re not and we haven’t suggested bringing down the Assembly or the Executive nor indeed was it discussed at the meeting.”

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