Brexit: New DUP leader urges Boris Johnson to ‘go it alone’ and scrap NI Protocol

Northern Ireland: Talks with EU 'unproductive' says Frost

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In his first interview since the leadership election, Mr Poots claimed that maintaining a Brexit border in the Irish Sea is “playing fast and loose with the peace process”. He also claimed that when the Protocol is fully implemented later this year, there would be 15,000 checks on goods weekly.

Mr Poots explained this would have “an impact on every home in Northern Ireland”.

The Protocol was part of the post-Brexit deal agreed between the UK and EU, which means the bloc’s rules governing trade in goods still apply in Northern Ireland.

This has created a trade border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Mr Poots said: “They are playing fast and loose with the peace process and that is hugely regrettable.

“They are playing fast and with the Belfast Good Friday Agreement and that is something which they are co-guarantors for.”

Mr Poots will formerly succeed Arlene Foster, who resigned as DUP leader, when his election is ratified next week.

He is urging the UK and EU to reverse the Protocol agreement.

The new DUP leader added: “We need to get to a circumstance where I’m sure the European Union don’t really want to do harm to the people of Northern Ireland and recognise with the UK Government that they need to draw back.

“If not, we’ll be calling on the UK Government to go it alone.”

Brexit Minister Lord Frost told MPs on Parliament’s European Scrutiny Committee that the Protocol needs to be implemented in a “balanced and pragmatic” way.

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He added: “The fundamental problem for us is if the way the Protocol is operating is undermining the Good Friday Agreement rather than supporting it then we obviously have a problem.

“That wasn’t what the Protocol was meant to do and if it is doing it then it’s not working right.”

Lord Frost explained that talks with the EU on implementing the Protocol have not been “hugely productive”.

When asked if the DUP made the wrong call in opposing Theresa May’s softer Brexit, Mr Poots responded: “We couldn’t have delivered that for Theresa May.

“That was something that she lost for herself in Westminster.”

He added: “The DUP, whether we had supported it or were against it, it wasn’t going through.”

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