Protocol: Continued Implementation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Economy – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 20th September 2021.

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Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP 3:15 pm, 20th September 2021

I hope that the Member will look at my record — what I have done in my Department and elsewhere — and at the position that my party has taken and that he can see where we stand in relation to the protocol. I understand the impacts that it is having. I recognise the problems that it is causing for our businesses. I want to make sure that we do all that we can to find solutions to the problems that exist, because it is harming our economic prosperity and opportunity. I am very clear that the protocol needs to go, as does the border in the Irish Sea. We need to have arrangements in place that reflect the reality of where we are.