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TUV Leader presses Secretary of State on Protocol during visit to Ballymena

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, visited Ballymena today (Thursday 6 October) where he met the North Antrim MLA Jim Allister.

During the visit, the TUV Party Leader pressed the Minister on the ongoing issues surrounding the NI Protocol.

Mr Allister said:

“I was happy to welcome the Secretary of State, Chris Heaton-Harris, to my constituency office in Ballymena today for a discussion on the present political situation.

“After all the mixed messaging of recent days, I was interested in seeking clarity on HMG’s Protocol intentions.

“For TUV above all else the Protocol is a sovereignty issue which needs to be addressed head on, not through tinkering or the cul-de-sac of endless talks with a recalcitrant EU. In the words associated with Brexit itself it must be about ‘taking back control’ and that means liberating Northern Ireland from being trapped under foreign control through laws we don’t make and can’t change.

“This is very much the message I delivered to the Secretary of State. With no change in the EU’s negotiating mandate further talks cannot deliver the outcome required to restore Northern Ireland’s trading position within the UK’s single market and remove the subjugation of Art 6 of the Acts of Union which the Protocol entails.

“Likewise, I was clear that I could not support any return of Stormont so long as the Protocol prevails.

“I am pleased that the Secretary of State accepted my invitation to first visit Wrightbus, before our meeting on political issues, and see at first hand a major employer making huge strides into the future with hydrogen technology.“


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