'Can-kicking' around Protocol does not provide certainty and stability economy requires: Tennyson

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Cllr Eóin Tennyson

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Continued "can-kicking" does not provide the certainty and stability our economy requires, Alliance Upper Bann representative Eóin Tennyson has said.

It follows the extension of the current grace periods around the Northern Ireland Protocol.

"Alliance is conscious that while the Northern Ireland Protocol is the outworking of the UK’s decisions on Brexit and the resultant need to address the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland, it does provide some challenges," said the Alliance councillor. 

"In the absence of wider agreement on how to address the issues being faced by businesses, consumers and others, the current grace periods do need to be extended. This is far better done by mutual agreement between the UK and the EU rather than unilateral action.

"However, indefinite can-kicking doesn’t provide the certainty and stability that our economy requires. 

"Pragmatic, longer-term solutions on areas such as SPS checks and medicines are already available. This requires flexibility and creativity on the part of both the UK and EU. There also needs to be relaxations to assist with labour market pressures in Northern Ireland, and across the UK.

"Alliance suggested a bespoke UK-EU Veterinary Agreement back in February. This remains the most comprehensive and sustainable approach to eliminating a large number of the required checks. It would not only ease the tensions regarding the operation of the Protocol, but assist all UK agri-food exports. However, the political will does not yet exist, with Brexit ideology seemingly getting in the way."

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