Triggering Article 16 achieves nothing except making negotiations more difficult, says Farry

The UK Government triggering Article 16 would achieve nothing except making negotiations of solutions to issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol more difficult, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said. The Alliance Deputy Leader said the move, which has been hinted at by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is “not the silver bullet its advocates believe”. “We […]

Cynical party posturing failing our people, says Long

Cynical party political posturing is failing our people, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said, saying the emphasis must be on pragmatic solutions to concerns of the Protocol, rather than escalating political instability. Mrs Long was speaking following DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson indicating his party could quit the Assembly if its demands over the […]

Continued ‘can-kicking’ around Protocol does not provide certainty and stability economy requires, says Farry

Continued “can-kicking” does not provide the certainty and stability our economy requires, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said, following the extension of the current grace periods around the Northern Ireland Protocol. The move, confirmed by the UK Government via a written ministerial statement, will indefinitely continue the current UK Approach to the Protocol, which in […]

Urgent UK/EU agreement needed on medicines – Bradshaw

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said the UK Government and European Commission must reach an urgent agreement to allow the continued flow of medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland and provided clarity about long-term provision. The South Belfast MLA stated: “This type of uncertainty concerning the provision of medicines to Northern Ireland is […]

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 […]