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Protocol's 'dark cloud' hanging over Northern Ireland

Jun 14, 2022 13:06 By News Northern Sound
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'Nobody is going to invest big money in the north while this cloud hangs over the Protocol arrangements'

Northern Ireland could become a manufacturing hub were it not for the difficulties that have arisen with the Protocol.

That's according to Adrian Kelly of the Brexit Plan who told the Joe Finnegan Show this morning that the Provence is in the unique position of being able to trade with the EU via the Republic of Ireland, and with the UK on the other side because of the various trade agreements that have been brought about.

However, he warned that that there are few that would want to invest in Northern Ireland at the moment because of the "dark cloud" that is hanging over it.

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Mr Kelly was referring to the difficulties that have arisen over the Protocol and the efforts by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to undermine it.

Difficulties arose when it became clear, that EU rules on certain foods coming from non-EU countries subject to checks, would apply to goods coming from the UK.

And, those checks would subsequently be carried out at Northern Ireland ports.

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The Unionists, meanwhile, took issue with this and argued that placing an "effective border" across the Irish Sea undermined Northern Ireland's place within the UK.

"There is a great opportunity here for Northern Ireland in that if you are a manufacturer in Northern Ireland and you can produce goods that originate there or are sufficiently processed there to gain an origin, you can trade freely with GB and the EU which you can't do if you are in GB or in the Republic of Ireland.

"So there is a unique advantage there for Northern Irish businesses.

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"But what the issues with the Protocol have done is scare off investment.

"Why? Because nobody is going to invest big money in the north while this cloud hangs over the Protocol arrangements.

 

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