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MP Mickey Brady  has said there is a collective will across the island to work together to see the full implementation of the Irish protocol and to build on the special status it affords the north. The Protocol makes it necessary for additional checks on some goods coming through local ports from Great Britain.

Speaking after a joint meeting of the Executive Office Committee and the Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement where representatives from across the island joined together to discuss the importance of implementing the protocol the Newry and Armagh representative said "There is nothing good to come from Brexit and the protocol offers protection for the all-Ireland economy, as well as allowing continued access to a marketplace of 450 million people for businesses in the north.

Warrenpoint Port. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Warrenpoint Port. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

"There is a collective will across the island to work together across the island and to support the ongoing efforts to resolve the outstanding issues with the protocol to ensure its full implementation".

The MP added, "We note that DUP MPs and MLAs failed to show up to represent their constituents, most likely to distract from the fact that they supported the hardest Tory Brexit possible against the democratic wishes of the people of the north and against the interests of businesses, traders and farmers.

"We will continue to work across the island to support businesses and traders and to build on the special status afforded to the north by the protocol."

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