‘Dublin has not acknowledged east-west disruption’ – Foster
Arlene Foster says the NI Protocol, and the Irish Sea customs border, has disrupted the “east-west balance”.
“The disappointment for me is there is no acknowledgement of that from either Dublin or the European Commission,” she adds.
She says her belief is the UK government “sleepwalked” into the protocol due to a desire to “get Brexit sorted (and) worry about it later”.
Mrs Foster states firmly that she wants it scrapped in favour of looking “at what the risk is to the EU single marked because, to me, it’s negligible”.
Conor Murphy, however, says “this part of the world relies on agreements and a cavalier attitude to breaking international agreements has major implications for us here”.
He calls on “calm leadership” and adds that he wants to focus on what can be achieved in the future with the access the protocol provides to the EU and GB markets, rather than “fixate on some of the present difficulties”.
And with that the Brexit and NI Protocol themed press conference is over.