Points of Entry Delays: Compensation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 21st June 2021.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 2:45 pm, 21st June 2021

I hope that we will get that certainty and clarity over the next number of weeks, because it is for the UK Government to make that decision. The UK Government have been very well informed by the DUP Ministers on the Executive and, I assume, by others about the issues, complications and problems that come about as a consequence of the protocol, such as the cost to businesses and therefore consumers, the constitutional impact and the democratic deficit. I am not sure whether there is any other country that has 26 other countries making the rules that are implemented in that country and where individuals in that country have no say over the rules that they are being asked to enforce. That is undemocratic. I had always thought that the European Union was an organisation that supported democracy. We cannot therefore move forward with the protocol.