The new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and virtual new Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Edwin Poots has set as the main objective of his mandate the end of the Brexit protocol, which lays down controls on the importation of goods from Great Britain into Ireland from the north.
Poots, who was elected chairman of the DUP last Friday, has argued that the protocol includes keeping Northern Ireland within the EU customs zone and largely within the internal market, which has sparked protests and unrest from trade unionists in recent weeks.
“We will try to knock down elements of the protocol, but the ultimate goal is to change its essence or to get rid of it,” Poots said in an interview published by The Sunday Life. “If there is no significant political progress in the coming weeks, there could be a lawsuit,” he warned.
Indeed, Poots has given assurances that he will not negotiate with the Irish government until the issue of the Brexit protocol is resolved and has announced that he has already requested a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to address the issue.
“For me this is not a union issue, it is a Northern Ireland issue. At the end of the transition period there will be 15,000 controls on goods coming into Northern Ireland from the UK,” he recalled, “which would affect the goods . ” the supermarkets, to the food that is in the shop on the corner. “
Poots stressed that “98 percent of medicines and medical devices come from the UK”. “There could be problems bringing them in after the transition period,” he argued.
“We have to find a solution that goes beyond all of this. We have to recognize the EU that this protocol is not suited for its purposes. It will not work and that is why we will come back to the board,” he added.