Irish Sea Border: Infrastructure

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 3rd November 2020.

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Photo of Jim Allister Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice 2:30 pm, 3rd November 2020

T6. Mr Allister asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to state whether he can yet lift the veil of secrecy and update the House on the infrastructure for an Irish Sea border that his Department is providing at our ports and to outline where and when that documentation can be inspected. (AQT 606/17-22)

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

I believe that we have permissions back on two sites and will have the third one back this week. As soon as they receive that, I have instructed officials to make them available to any Member who may wish to have them.

Photo of Jim Allister Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice

To date, there has been a refusal to release them at council and departmental level. It will be good to see them in due course. Can the Minister tell us, as he builds the gallows for the Union at Larne, whether he has the support of the Member of Parliament for East Antrim?

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

The Member of Parliament for East Antrim and I take the same position. We do not want to see those facilities. We do not desire those facilities. It is an imposition that has been applied to us through a negotiation between the Prime Minister and the European Union that introduced the Northern Ireland protocol. We are totally opposed to the Northern Ireland protocol, because it has significant potential to damage Northern Ireland. The Member of Parliament for East Antrim and I share that view.