nionist leaders in Northern Ireland have welcomed the UK Government’s call to renegotiate parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol as a “significant and welcome first step”.
But nationalists have reacted with anger, accusing Westminster of “shamelessly ignoring” its worldwide treaty obligations.
Brexit minister Lord Frost mentioned on Wednesday “we cannot go on as we are” and referred to as for a “new balance” over the implementation of the protocol, a part of the Brexit divorce deal agreed by the UK and Brussels which successfully retains Northern Ireland within the EU’s single marketplace for items.
The protocol was put in place to guarantee there could be no arduous border with Ireland, but it surely has as an alternative successfully positioned a commerce barrier within the Irish Sea.
DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson advised the Commons: “We welcome the acceptance from the Government that the protocol is just not working, that it’s inflicting actual hurt to our economic system in Northern Ireland and it’s merely not sustainable.
“The assertion is a welcome and important and vital first step.”
Sir Jeffrey added: “Tinkering around the edges simply doesn’t work and I trust the EU will approach new negotiations in good faith and recognise the need to enter into new arrangements that remove the Irish Sea border.”
But Sinn Fein’s Brexit spokesman Declan Kearney mentioned the UK Government couldn’t be allowed to renege on worldwide legislation.
He added: “The British Government has agreed and ratified all parts of the protocol with the European Commission. It ought to now cease the evasion, and get on with its implementation.
“It is just not acceptable for the Tories to undertake an a la carte method in direction of the protocol, to rewrite historical past and now try a renegotiation.
“If the protocol is to obtain its objectives, then it wants to be carried out absolutely, not hollowed out by the British Government.”
Ulster Unionist Party chief Doug Beattie mentioned it was welcome to see motion within the path of discovering “pragmatic, workable solutions”.
“Solutions want to be discovered and intransigence will solely serve to hurt Northern Ireland.
“If everyone seems to be critical about defending Northern Ireland and the Belfast Agreement, then we want to see house created for critical conversations round these proposals to happen.
“The Irish Sea border is inflicting critical issues and can’t be ignored. We will maintain pushing for options to be discovered.”
But SDLP chief Colum Eastwood mentioned the Government’s assertion was the “latest in a car crash attempt to distance themselves from an agreement they negotiated, campaigned for and signed up to”.
The Foyle MP added: “It is a shameless place based mostly on political expedience relatively than offering the soundness that folks, companies and communities in Northern Ireland want.
“There are very clearly points with the operation of the protocol.
“But relatively than pursuing the plain resolution to Irish Sea checks acknowledged by companies working within the present atmosphere, which is an SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary) cope with the European Union, this authorities has determined to prioritise commerce offers with different international locations.
Alliance Party MP Stephen Farry mentioned the assertion was “stuffed with bluster and a re-writing of historical past”.
He added: “It creates more uncertainty and instability. The Government is choosing confrontation rather than adopting the obvious solution on the table which is a comprehensive veterinary agreement.”