The Belfast Newsletter, 22 January, Baroness Hoey
This is a moment of maximum peril, and unionist voters are entitled to transparency.
There should be the opportunity for detailed scrutiny of the proposed deal, particularly the legal text. As unionists learnt bitterly in regards to the principle of consent which was presented in the political agreement as doing one thing, but in the legal text, as exposed in our pan-unionist legal challenge to the protocol, it meant something much less than promised.
That challenge was led by John Larkin KC and his junior Denise Kiley, who has herself recently deservedly become a KC. All of us as applicants, and indeed all unionist parties, had complete faith in that legal team. So I suggest that the DUP present the relevant legal text of the proposed deal to John Larkin and/or Denise Kiley and commission their independent legal opinion as to whether, as a matter of law (which is all that actually matters), that which is proposed restores the guarantee of Article 6 of the Acts of Union and removes the Irish Sea border.
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