Brexit LIVE: City watches on as EU tears itself apart – major hubs 'fighting each other'

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Liz Truss has been told to deliver on her threat to trigger Article 16 or see the hated Northern Ireland protocol ‘bed in’. 

 Jim Allister, Northern Ireland politician and founder of the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV), said: 

“If Liz Truss means what she said in the Sunday Telegraph – namely ‘I will not sign up to anything … which still sees goods moving within our own country being subject to checks’ – then she must extract us from the EU’s single market for goods, customs code and VAT regime and end our subjection to EU laws and court.

“This is what is required to end all checks on inter-UK trade.

My major problem with the Foreign Secretary’s words is that they jar with what her Government has been arguing for months in response to the judicial review challenge in which I and others are involved.

“Through their senior counsel, HMG has defended the very arrangements she now verbally disavows and in doing so has blithely and approvingly spoken of the protocol subjugating the Acts of Union.

“So, if HMG now accepts the folly of the protocol in all its parts, then get on with its demolition.

“Strong words are fine, but they need to be matched by actions.”

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