DUP leader Edwin Poots has lambasted the EU for using Northern Ireland as a “plaything” over Brexit.He also accused the EU of doing “demonstrable harm” to the peace process and said he is concerned of violence this summer due to anger over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
DUP leader Sir Jeffery Donaldson says his party will immediately withdraw from Irish north/south political bodies over the NI Protocol. He stresses the Protocol has made the current arrangement unsustainable and that "we simply cannot go on like this". Report by Edwardst. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Environment Secretary George Eustice has said the UK is "still very keen" to broker a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US, despite Joe Biden's muted response on the subject. Mr Eustice appeared unsurprised by the US President's approach, adding: "We would rather get the right agreement at the right time, rather than rush these things." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Joe Biden has offered a lukewarm response when asked about the prospect of reaching a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, telling the media: "we're going to have to work that through."
Meanwhile Boris Johnson appeared more optimistic, claiming "we're making a lot of progress". Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Edwin Poots has been officially ratified as the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.The Stormont Agriculture Minister narrowly defeated Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson earlier this month..
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Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster visited UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street for the last time today (May 20) before she leaves her