Trade with Rest of UK

Part of Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at on 14 December 2022.

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Photo of Jeffrey M. Donaldson Jeffrey M. Donaldson DUP Westminster Leader

The reality is that, notwithstanding any data, many businesses in Northern Ireland are experiencing serious problems as a result of the protocol. The cost of the trader support scheme, as the Minister has acknowledged, is now well over £300 million—the equivalent of almost half a million pounds every single day. That money could be spent on public services in Northern Ireland. What are the Minister and the Government doing to address the issue?