Deirdre Heenan: Trade boost shows why unionists need to get pragmatic on the protocol

With the economy in the North outperforming that of England, Scotland and Wales, the DUP, which sees itself as the party of business, is going to have to perform a volte-face on the protocol or face a wipeout at the polls

5th December, 2021
Deirdre Heenan: Trade boost shows why unionists need to get pragmatic on the protocol
Jeffrey Donaldson is only too well aware that the protocol will not be abandoned, and is desperately searching for a palatable landing zone. Picture: PA

The latest evidence from the British Office for National Statistics reveals that Northern Ireland’s economy is outperforming its equivalents in England, Scotland and Wales. The data, which covers the third quarter of 2021, also suggests that the region is showing strong signs of recovery.

This upbeat economic assessment came shortly after positive government figures on trade trends in the North. Notwithstanding the grace periods which make the exact impact of the Northern Ireland protocol...

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