UK Government choosing wishful thinking and confrontation rather than obvious solution over Protocol, says Farry

The UK Government is choosing “wishful thinking and confrontation” rather than taking the obvious solution to issues from the Northern Ireland Protocol, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said. The North Down MP was speaking after the UK Government called on the EU to begin negotiations to amend the Protocol, saying the full deal should not […]

Dickson voices dismay over Minister’s inability to accept share for consequences of Brexit on community schemes

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has voiced his dismay at the Economy Minister’s inability to accept his share of responsibility for the consequences of Brexit on funding for community schemes. Mr Dickson was speaking after asking Gordon Lyons for his assessment of the recently launched UK Community Renewal Fund and to detail the Department’s engagement with […]

Blair: Issues for MEA to address after report into Larne Port released

Alliance MLA John Blair has said an AERA committee report into the removal of staff at Larne Port has shown serious inconsistencies in the actions of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Mr Blair was speaking after the Committee report was published on Friday, adding the decision to remove staff without a clear readout from […]

Time to stop thinking of Protocol in constitutional terms and focus on solutions, says Farry

It is now time to stop thinking of the Northern Ireland Protocol in constitutional terms and focus on solving the practical problems posed by it, Alliance Brexit spokesperson Stephen Farry MP has said. Dr Farry was speaking after a High Court judge upheld the UK Government’s view and ruled the Protocol was legal, rejecting a […]

Political stunts have consequences, says John Blair

Alliance MLA John Blair has responded to a statement from the DAERA Minister, warning of the consequences of political stunts. In calling out the “irresponsible” move, John said the action would only “disrupt an essential process for some of our crucial economic sectors, such as agriculture and agrifood”. He added: “Any actions to stall completion […]

A disappointing day for openness and transparency, says Donnelly, after Council vote

It is a disappointing day for openness and transparency, Alliance Councillor Danny Donnelly has said, after the three unionist parties on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council joined together to block attempts for an independent investigation into what led to the decision to remove staff from Larne Port. An Alliance proposal calling for the inquiry […]