Protocol the priority as Westminster returns - Lockhart

Protocol the priority as Westminster returns - Lockhart

Carla Lockhart MP

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter


Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said the Government must act with haste to address the ongoing problems of the Northern Ireland Protocol, with further dithering and delay totally unacceptable. The local Member of Parliament made the call as Westminster returns after the summer recess.

Carla Lockhart said:

“Parliament is returning this week after the summer recess, and while the work on the ground and in the local community has continued at pace over the summer months, the return of the House of Commons allows a greater scrutiny of Government that is so badly needed.

"From a Northern Ireland perspective, the absolute priority the Government must address is the Northern Ireland Protocol. Prior to recess the Secretary of State published a Command Paper outlining the Government’s intention to enter negotiations with the EU to find a new way forward. This was welcome as far as it went and represented acknowledgment from the Government of the impact the Protocol was having.

"However only last week Lord Frost indicated that the Government had not acted in taking forward any form of renegotiation with Brussels following the publication of the command paper. He also indicated that the Government would accept that some checks would remain in some circumstances. 

"The danger here is that we have a Government that appears to lack urgency, and lack the resolve, to bring about the outcome needed. Meanwhile our businesses and consumers continue to face unacceptable costs and red tape, and we even now see that we are but months away from many medicines being removed from distribution lists to Northern Ireland because of the Protocol.

"Further dithering and delay in unacceptable. We need action now. We need the Government to restore our place in the UK internal market and to stand up for the economic and political sovereignty of this United Kingdom in all its parts.”

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