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Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland

Social Democratic and Labour Party Leader Colum Eastwood MP has welcomed confirmation that an agreement in principle has been reached on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Ireland protocol.

The Foyle MP has called for clarity for businesses in Northern Ireland on export declarations, entry point checks and the supply of medicines and foods.

Colum Eastwood MP said:

“News that an agreement in principle has been reached on the implementation of the Ireland Protocol is welcome and I sincerely hope that it is a sign of progress toward a broader trade deal. In many ways, clarity around the operation of the Ireland protocol in more important for Northern Ireland based businesses, and will have a more acute impact, than the results of trade talks.

“We now need to see the hard detail. With little over three weeks before the end of the transition period, businesses in the North need to know what their operating environment will be. They cannot keep flying blind.

“It is also very clear that the clauses of the Internal Market Bill that authorised a breach of international law were an ill-judged threat. Businesses were subjected to immense uncertainty for absolutely no reason when good-faith negotiation was the obvious and only solution.

MIL OSI United Kingdom