The Sunday Telegraph, June 25
The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said that the imposition of an “unacceptable” Brexit settlement on Northern Ireland raises “existential questions” about the adequacy of the Good Friday Agreement.
In the foreword to a report setting out proposals to abandon the Northern Ireland Protocol, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson warns that the deal has denied firms and consumers “the full orbits of economic rights” given to people living in other parts of the UK.
The report, by the Centre for Brexit Policy, is due to be launched on Tuesday and is also backed by MPs including David Jones, deputy chairman of the European Research Group. It calls for a system of “mutual enforcement”, under which the EU and UK would each implement the other side’s trading rules in order to avoid checks at an “invisible” border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Sir Jeffrey suggests that such an arrangement could lead to the restoration of power-sharing at Stormont, to which the DUP have been refusing to return as a result of the Brexit settlement.
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