'Fake news' on protocol damages jobs growth: Mackle

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Cllr Liam Mackle

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Sinn Féin Council Group leader Liam Mackle says the portrayal of the post-Brexit trading mechanism as a bad thing is fake news.

Cllr Mackle said: "Many businesses in the ABC Council area are benefitting from the protocol’s dual access provision that enables traders here to sell goods unfettered in both the UK market and the EU single market.

"Much of the narrative around the protocol flies in the face of reality and it’s directly contradicted by the fact that many businesses are seeing and utilising the advantages with which the protocol provides them such, for example, as the dual market access that is available,

"So there’s a lot of dishonesty and fake news about the place.

"That type of inaccuracy becomes irresponsible when it’s accompanied by inflammatory rhetoric and not so thinly veiled warnings and that creates more economic uncertainty but it also creates political apprehensions.

"So I would urge all representatives to be responsible and where there are issues that need to be addressed let’s do that in a pragmatic way that actually finds durable solutions.

"As for the political repercussions, the sabre rattling needs to stop, those whipping up tensions should step back from the brink.

"Let’s implement the protocol properly and maintain powersharing."

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