Blair seriously concerned after post-Brexit check delay warning

Alliance Agriculture spokesperson John Blair MLA has said he is seriously concerned after a warning it is ‘almost impossible’ to have post-Brexit checks in place at ports and airports here by January. Mr Blair was speaking after Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Permanent Secretary Denis McMahon appeared at the Assembly’s DAERA Committee, where […]

Urgent need for UK Government to demonstrate it shares commitment on implementing Agreement and a future deal, says Long

There is an urgent need for the UK Government to to demonstrate it shares the commitment of the EU to implement fully the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and to find a comprehensive future deal, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. Mrs Long was speaking after meeting Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, alongside the leaders […]

Protocol isn’t perfect, but best way to protect GFA, says Alliance

The Alliance Party has called on the UK Government to honour its previous commitment to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, as the best way forward for Northern Ireland rather than risk irrevocable damage to the Good Friday Agreement. Speaking during an Assembly debate, Alliance Party MLAs argued that whilst what’s currently in place isn’t perfect, it […]

UK must restate its full commitment to Good Friday Agreement says Alliance

Alliance Party Deputy Leader and MP, Stephen Farry, has called on the UK Government to urgently confirm its full commitment to the Northern Ireland Protocol and the Good Friday Agreement. This comes on the back of reports in the Financial Times and other media outlets that the Government is potentially legislating to change aspects of […]

JOINT NI POLITICAL LEADERS STATEMENT ON EU EXIT NEGOTIATIONS

The UK’s departure from the EU gives rise to substantial political and economic challenges for our society. As political Leaders representing the majority of citizens who voted to reject Brexit, we have strongly represented the case in London, Dublin, Brussels and Washington that our peace, stability and economy cannot be jeopardised, and in particular that […]

Farry says money for new customs system proof Brexit just involves extra costs

Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said a new system for moving goods from Britain to Northern Ireland costing hundreds of millions of pounds further reinforces Brexit just involves extra costs which could be otherwise spent on public services and the economy. The North Down MP’s comments came as the Government announced a £355 million system, […]

Northern Ireland needs to continue to be in compliance with Brexit Protocol, says Farry

This region needs to continue to be in compliance with the Northern Ireland Protocol, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said, after a consultation document was launched by the UK Government into the future of the UK internal market. The blueprint would see more powers handed to the devolved regions, however, standards drawn up in other […]

UK Government needs to provide details on how trade checks between Britain and Northern Ireland will operate, says Farry

The UK Government needs to provide detailed information on how trade checks between Britain and Northern Ireland are going to operate and ensure necessary staffing, infrastructure and IT systems are in place, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said. Dr Farry was speaking after the publication of a report by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee into […]

Urgent explanation needed from Minister on lack of Brexit border control post plans, says Blair

An urgent explanation is needed from the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs as to why his Department has not yet submitted plans around Brexit border control posts, Alliance’s John Blair MLA has said. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) was required to submit information on what ports it wishes to […]

Utterly reckless for UK Government to rule out Brexit extension, says Farry

It is “utterly reckless” for the UK Government to rule out any extension to the Brexit implementation period, Alliance Brexit spokesperson Stephen Farry MP has said. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove stated he had formally confirmed with the EU the UK Government would not extend the transition period, as “the moment for extension has now […]