Brexit: Northern Ireland halts construction of import inspection facilities

Brexit: Northern Ireland halts construction of import inspection facilities

2/26/2021 11:58:00 PM

Brexit: Northern Ireland halts construction of import inspection facilities

Other members of the coalition executive in Northern Ireland have called for an emergency meeting.

"This is in and around a number of areas, first of all further infrastructure, any further infrastructure builds; the additional recruitment of staff; and also the charging at the ports."Other members of the Northern Ireland executive, which is made up of several political parties, have called for an emergency meeting.

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Image:There have been calls for the Northern Ireland executive, based at Stormont (pictured) to have an emergency meetingIt comes as unionist politicians called on the UK government to takeunilateral action over the protocol.Unionists are unhappy about the checks that need to take place on goods travelling between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, saying it drives an economic wedge between the regions.

Mr Lyons said:"We don't know what the movement of retail goods from Great Britain into Northern Ireland is going to look like, we don't have the support in place through the digital assistance scheme yet either, and all of the SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary) issues around the end of the grace period are just so uncertain and it's real nightmare for us and it's going to be causing us an awful lot of problems."

Image:DUP leader and Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster has called for the UK government to take unilateral action over the protocolThe Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) has called for an emergency meeting of the Northern Ireland national executive to discuss the matter.

SDLP deputy leader and Northern Ireland's infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon said:"I have requested an urgent meeting of the Executive this evening to address the unilateral action taken by Minister Gordon Lyons."This is a five party executive facing two significant crises - a global pandemic and the impact of Brexit.

"We should be taking decisions together in the substantial common interests of the people we represent - not using political office for divisive stunts."This decision is controversial, cross-cutting and cannot be put into effect without executive agreement."

Michelle O'Neill, Northern Ireland's deputy first minister and a member of Sinn Fein, tweeted:"Previously, when the former department of agriculture, environment and rural affairs minister took a similar stance, his permanent secretary took forward the executives responsibilities.

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"The protocol is a consequence of Brexit. The DUP championed Brexit & must own the consequences. Business and society need certainty, not stunts."Image:The DUP has previously rejected claims it is whipping up tensions over Irish Sea trade in an effort to get the Northern Ireland Protocol ditched

Analysis: This is more of a political move than a practical oneBy David Blevins, senior Ireland correspondentThe battle over the Northern Ireland protocol is escalating but right now, this is more about political pressure than practicalities.The checks required on agri-food products entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain have not been halted, well not yet anyway.

They have been conducted in temporary facilities at ports since the end of the transition period on New Year's Eve.But the DUP, which holds the agriculture portfolio, has been under pressure from other Unionist parties for enabling those checks.Arlene Foster's party has now upped the ante by halting the construction of permanent posts and the hiring of inspectors.

The DUP wants Boris Johnson to invoke Article 16 of the withdrawal agreement, to effectively overwrite the Northern Ireland protocol. Read more: Sky News »

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Following meeting with loyalist death dealers and gangsters duponline ministers orders work to halt on inspection facilities ...there fixed that headline for you....people across the water deserve to know truth that a bunch of drug dealing thugs are informing duponline policy Translation: A DUP minister overstep his area of authority after consulting drug gangs.

An accurate headline would be ' the DUP's Agriculture Minister exceeded his brief when he unilaterally decided to halt construction of NI's import inspection facilites' Time's up for the failed 6 county statelet. For goodness sake, ask around before putting up nonsense headlines like that. You lot are journalists, right?

No. A bampot DUP Minister unilaterally decided. Coincidentally the DUP just met with drug dealing terrorists just days after a massive UDA drugs haul at the Port of Belfast. 'Northern Ireland' hasn't stopped said construction, a minority assembly minister has taken it upon himself to issue the diktat. Won't last long.

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