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Protocol changes described as 'depressing' by border communities group

Jun 14, 2022 17:14 By News Northern Sound
Protocol changes described as 'depressing' by border communities group
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Damien McGenity from Border Communities Against Brexit, says the Protocol was designed to prevent a hard border.

A representative from the 'Border Communities Against Brexit' organisation has described the UK Government's draft legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol as "very depressing."

Damien McGenity says the new bill has "dismantled the Protocol" by hallowing out its main parts and giving dual access to goods in the North.

Mr McGenity went on to describe the legislation as a "disaster" which will effectively force the EU and the Irish Government to conduct border checks.

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Speaking to Northern Sound, he said the dairy sector could be amongst those the most affected.

He claimed that 800,000,000 litres of milk in the North is bought by southern cooperatives, which represents over 1,000 dairy farms.

However, if grain comes into the north from other parts of the UK using a pesticide that does not meet EU rules, then milk from those farms will automatically not be able to enter the EU.

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Mr McGenity says the North has been "doing well" economically as a result of the Protocol, but believes people could be in for a "turbulent time" in the future.

He added that groups like the Ulster Farmers Union are "sitting on the fence," instead of coming out with the "nightmare consequences" which will take place if the legislation is passed.

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