DUP leaders to launch legal challenge against Northern Ireland protocol
DUP Leader Arlene Foster and MPs want new trade agreement to halt post-Brexit disruptions
Dublin — Members of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are set to take part in legal action challenging part of Brexit, the party said on Sunday.
The DUP opposes the Northern Ireland protocol, which covers post-Brexit trade between Britain and Northern Ireland, because it creates barriers between the British region and the rest of the UK and has caused disruptions.
The protocol was designed to protect the EU's single market without creating a land border on the island of Ireland.
Leader Arlene Foster, deputy leader Nigel Dodds and MPs Jeffrey Donaldson and Sammy Wilson will join in the action challenging the protocol, a DUP statement said.
They will be “joining other like-minded unionists from across the UK as named parties in judicial review proceedings challenging the Northern Ireland protocol’s compatibility with Act of Union 1800, the Northern Ireland Act of 1998 and the Belfast Agreement”, the statement said.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that some staff at the Northern Irish port of Larne were withdrawn from work because of threats of violence, according MP Ian Paisley.
Paisley linked the development to the Northern Ireland protocol, which has imposed checks on goods coming across the Irish Sea.
“This is the sad reality of those who imposed terms on Northern Ireland without the consent of the delicate community balance which exists here,” Paisley said. “The protocol was bound to end in tears.”
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