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Loyalist perspectives on the NI Protocol

7 June 2021

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will continue its examination of loyalist perspectives of the Northern Ireland Protocol in an evidence session on Wednesday as part of the Committee’s NI Protocol Inquiry. Debbie Watters and Stacey Graham from Northern Ireland Alternatives, PUP leader Cllr Billy Hutchinson and journalist and author Susan McKay will offer their views on loyalist responses to the Protocol.

Amid continuing opposition to the Protocol from within the loyalist community in Northern Ireland, Brexit minister David Frost recently predicted that the agreement was not sustainable for long in its current form.

The Protocol was agreed to avoid the need for a border on the island of Ireland but has seen the introduction of new checks on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Unionists and loyalists who oppose the agreement argue that this is a form of separation from the rest of the UK.

Witnesses

Wednesday 9 June

At 9.30am

  • Cllr Billy Hutchinson, Leader of the Progressive Unionist Party and Councillor for the Court District Electoral Area, Belfast City Council

Followed by:

  • Susan McKay, Journalist and author.

Further information

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