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DUP Response to the Windsor Framework | Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP


Over eighteen months ago the Democratic Unionist Party outlined seven tests which at the time I indicated would be the basis upon which we would judge any agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union.


It is now one year since we withdrew our First Minister from the then Northern Ireland Executive to send the clearest possible signal that we did not support the Northern Ireland Protocol and that we were not prepared to implement that which was disastrous for Northern Ireland.


Since the imposition of that Protocol many, including the Government, the European Union and indeed those early cheerleaders for it in Northern Ireland have come to recognise that it could not have been made to work, had upset the delicate political balance in Northern Ireland and was not supported by the Unionist community in Northern Ireland.


Our judgement and our principled position in opposing the Protocol in Parliament and at Stormont has been vindicated. Undoubtedly it is now recognised that the Protocol does not work. When others said there would be no re-negotiation and no change our determination has proved what can be achieved.


We would like to thank the Prime Minister, and his predecessors for their work and significant engagement to date.


We welcome the publication of the outcome of the Government’s negotiations with the EU which ends a period of speculation and spin, often from those who know little about Northern Ireland.


In broad terms it is clear that significant progress has been secured across a number of areas whilst also recognising there remain key issues of concern. There can be no disguising the fact that in some sectors of our economy EU law remains applicable in Northern Ireland.


The DUP will want to study the detail of what has been published today as well as examining the detail of any and all underpinning legal texts. Where necessary we stand ready to engage with the Government in order to seek further clarification, re-working or change as required.


Ultimately the party will now assess all these proposed outcomes and arrangements against our seven tests, outlined in our 2022 Assembly Election Manifesto, to determine whether what has been published meet our tests and whether it respects and restores Northern Ireland’s place within the United Kingdom.

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15/3/23

Jeffrey Donaldson MP: "Over eighteen months ago the Democratic Unionist Party outlined SEVEN TESTS which at the time I indicated would be the basis upon which we would judge any agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union."

My Second Reply: REMEMBER the 7 TESTS! Never mind talking about mere 'trade agreements' while in America, Jeffery. The vital test concerning Article 6 of the Acts of Union is where your focus must remain - if you are going to be trusted in any shape or form by the PUL Electorate.

The Sovereignty issue, 'disapplied' by the Windsor Framework, MUST be fully addressed, or the word of LIBERAL DUP politicians will NEVER be taken again!

Stand up, man! Show…

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28/2/23

Jeffrey Donaldson states: "Ultimately the party will now assess all these proposed outcomes and arrangements against our seven tests, outlined in our 2022 Assembly Election Manifesto, to determine whether what has been published meet our tests and whether it respects and restores Northern Ireland’s place within the United Kingdom."

My Reply: While the Northern Ireland politicians and the Electorate who put them into their positions, necessarily require time to look at the intricacies of the fine detail of this Windsor Framework Document - one thing is clear to this clear-thinking Ulsterman: what Sunak and the EU have concocted in order to 'solve' the problems of the Protocol (NIP) does not deal with, nor do away with, the Protocol. Fact!

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