Northern Ireland, the protocol, and the First Minister
This week the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland urged the reinstatement of the First Minister of Northern Ireland and the return to a stable devolved government.
- The decision by the DUP to withdraw the First Minister from the Northern Ireland Executive is extremely disappointing – threatening the delivery of public services for the citizens of Northern Ireland.
- The Northern Ireland Protocol is having significant consequences for businesses and communities in Northern Ireland, unbalancing delicate and hard-won political stability. That is why the Government has made it clear to the EU for some time that we need to fix these issues. The Government will continue its intensive talks with the EU in order to resolve these.
- The UK government is urging the DUP to reinstate the First Minister immediately – to focus on a strong functioning Northern Ireland. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will continue to speak to the leaders of the five parties of the Northern Ireland Executive, as well as international partners, to encourage a return to stable devolved government in Northern Ireland.