British-Irish Council: Summit

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 10:30 am on 30th November 2021.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 10:30 am, 30th November 2021

I raised the protocol during the meeting, and I also raised it extensively outside the meeting with Minister Gove and other Ministers. It is important that the message continues to be put that the protocol as it currently exists is damaging to Northern Ireland and that we need to find a way through that not only safeguards the European Union's single market but protects the integrity of the internal UK market. Many of us believe that both can be achieved, and we are working towards that goal. I encourage others to work towards that goal because that will deliver the best economic outcomes for everyone in Northern Ireland.