It is little wonder that there has been civic unrest in Northern Ireland

Unionists cannot co-operate with Republic when link with London destroyed

The protocol is designed to use the Belfast Agreement to undermine the North’s membership of the UK, absorb the NI economy into the economy of the Republic and harm our much more important economic links with Britain. Photograph: Paul Faith

The protocol is designed to use the Belfast Agreement to undermine the North’s membership of the UK, absorb the NI economy into the economy of the Republic and harm our much more important economic links with Britain. Photograph: Paul Faith

As leaders of unionist parties in Northern Ireland, we represent 71 per cent of all those who voted unionist at the last general election. We have our own distinctive political agendas, policies and priorities but we welcome the fact that there is no unionist party supporting the Northern Ireland protocol which has been foisted on Northern Ireland, broken the Act of Union, undermined the political institutions, caused civic unrest and damaged our local economy.

Ironically we have been told that the protocol is essential to upholding the Belfast Agreement, the stability of Northern Ireland and peace in our country.

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