DUP Leader: NI protocol should be put to referendum

“The post-Brexit arrangements are undemocratic and change the constitutional position of the North, and if they can’t be scrapped then a vote is needed on the change,” said Poots speaking at a Stormont Assembly, according to the report from the Irish Times. [EPA/PAUL McERLANE]

Outgoing DUP leader Edwin Poots has suggested the Northern Ireland Protocol should be put to a referendum.

“The post-Brexit arrangements are undemocratic and change the constitutional position of the North, and if they can’t be scrapped then a vote is needed on the change,” Poots told the Stormont Assembly, according to the Irish Times.

“And it does change the constitution,” he said. “Therefore, if you want to change the constitution you should ask the people.”

Poots added that there “are other means of doing things” which would protect the EU single market and prevent borders on the island of Ireland or the Irish Sea.

Last week, he put a solution to European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic, he said. “All of these things are entirely achievable if the EU wants to be entirely reasonable as opposed to being entirely unreasonable.”

Poots also claimed that when the grace periods end on the movement of goods between the UK and Northern Ireland, the “situation will become impossible”.

(Paula Kenny | EURACTIV.com)

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