Belfast Newsletter, 8 September
Lord Trimble wrote in his letter: “The Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) has not only subverted the main safeguards within the Belfast Agreement causing civic unrest and political uncertainty, it is also damaging the Northern Ireland economy disrupting supply chains, inflating prices and diverting trade from our main market in Great Britain.
“At the heart of the Belfast Agreement is consent, meaning that there can be no change to the constitutional position of NI as part of the UK without the agreement of a majority of the people of the country. But the NIP, by giving the EU powers over the movement of goods into and out of the province, has torpedoed the ‘consent’ principle and risks a return to sectarian strife. The NIP totally destroyed this consent principle to the detriment of the unionist community.”
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