DUP leader welcomes fresh approach to NI Protocol from Liz Truss

DUP leader welcomes fresh approach to NI Protocol from Liz Truss
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said Ms Truss’s pledges to reform the contentious post-Brexit trading mechanisms needed to be backed up with actions.

外国人の秘書 リズ・トラス is on the same page as the in her approach to securing major changes to the 北アイルランド プロトコル, the party’s leader has claimed.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said Ms Truss’s pledges to reform the contentious post-Brexit trading mechanisms needed to be backed up with actions.

He indicated a “pause” on the DUP threat to collapse the power-sharing institutions at Stormont over the protocol would remain pending the outcome of renewed negotiations between the UK and EU over the Irish Sea trading barriers.

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has welcomed the approach of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (PA)

Sinn Fein leaders メアリールーマクドナルド and Michelle O’Neill will also hold talks with the Foreign Secretary. That engagement will be virtual.

The Foreign Secretary has taken charge of the UK negotiations on the protocol after Frost’s resignation from the Government last month. She will hold face-to-face talks with her EU counterpart – European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic – later this week.

Ahead of those discussions, she had insisted she will not sign up to any arrangement that involved checks on goods moving within the UK.

Checks on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland are central to the operation of the protocol in its current form.

I will not sign up to anything which sees the people of Northern Ireland unable to benefit from the same decisions on taxation and spending as the rest of the UK, or which still sees goods moving within our own country being subject to checks

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss

Ms Truss also reiterated the Government threat to suspend elements of the protocol – by triggering its Article 16 mechanism – if a negotiated settlement with the EU proves elusive.

“When I see Maros Sefcovic this week for our first face-to-face talks, I’ll be putting forward our constructive proposals to resolve the situation,” the Foreign Secretary said in the Sunday Telegraph. “I am prepared to work night and day to negotiate a solution.

“But let me be clear: I will not sign up to anything which sees the people of Northern Ireland unable to benefit from the same decisions on taxation and spending as the rest of the UK, or which still sees goods moving within our own country being subject to checks.

“My priority is to protect peace and stability in Northern Ireland. I want a negotiated solution, but if we have to use legitimate provisions including Article 16, I am willing to do that.”

Differentiating between the Foreign Secretary’s comments and past statements from the Government, Sir Jeffrey said Ms Truss had been more “specific” about the actions London would take to ensure Northern Ireland’s place within the UK market.

“Her focus on the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland is particularly welcome because that is obviously a key area for us,” he told BBC Radio Ulster.

“We have argued consistently that whilst we recognise that there needs to be checks on goods moving into the European Union, there is no need for checks on goods staying within the UK internal market and moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, that really has been at the heart of our opposition to the protocol.”

Challenged on whether his repeated threats to pull ministers out of Stormont would ring hollow if he failed to follow through, Sir Jeffrey said: "もちろん, our possession with regard to continued participation in the Executive remains on the table, but what I want is a solution, that is where my focus is.

“That’s why when others have been pushing for this or that, I’ve kept my nerve, I’ve kept my focus on what we need to achieve, which is an outcome on the protocol which removes the Irish sea border, takes away those checks on goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

“And now we have a clear declaration by Liz Truss who is negotiating on behalf of the UK Government that she shares this objective so that represents progress, but we want to see that progress translated into action and if we get that action, その後、はい, もちろん, that will represent real progress. That’s what I want to see.”

Sir Jeffrey said Ms Truss had brought a “renewed focus” to the talks.

“I think that she recognises the need to make progress and quickly," 彼は言った.

The DUP leader added: “I believe that our strategy is working. I believe that we have focused minds of both the EU and the UK Government in getting that solution. I welcome what Liz Truss has had to say. I think that she is now on the same page as us in terms of what a solution might look like.

"もちろん, there are other matters that need to be addressed but I believe that the way in which we brought a focus on to this issue has ensured that progress is made. Not as much as I would like, not as quickly as I would like, but in the end getting the solution is what really matters.”

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald accused the UK Government and DUP of ‘sabre rattling'(PA)

Ms McDonald accused the UK Government and DUP of “sabre rattling”. She said there was a need to “knuckle down” and resolve the outstanding issues with the protocol.

“If Jeffrey Donaldson is harbouring some ambition of wrecking the protocol, dispensing with the protocol, or having an effect of a whole renegotiation and years again of uncertainty then I think he is mistaken and I have to say he is very, 検察官のジョナス・ハンキンQCは、アーサーへの彼女の命令の口調から、彼女が彼に対して残酷であることを「楽しんだ」ことは明らかであると述べました。, not least in the context of a pandemic and everything that society is going through, to be threatening and to pull his ministers or pull down the (ストーモント) institutions,” she told Radio Ulster.

彼女は付け加えた: “To be really direct and to sum up what needs to happen now, the hard work needs to start and the bad faith from the British Government and from a section, and it is only a section, of political unionism needs to stop.”

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