18/05/2022

Alliance Calls For Reform Of NI's Political Institutions

Alliance Leader Naomi Long has called for Northern Ireland's political institutions to be reformed, telling Prime Minister Boris Johnson that it is "the only way to avoid the constant cycle of collapse and crisis".

Mrs Long met with the Prime Minister while he was in NI to speak to local parties regarding the restoration of devolution. The Alliance delegation also told the Prime Minister trust was key to seeing pragmatic changes made to the Protocol, in anticipation of the UK Government laying the groundwork tomorrow for unilateral action.
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Mrs Long said: "Our institutions are in a cycle of crisis and collapse. The only way to avoid that is to reform things. If parties are going to exercise vetoes, which has happened throughout the lifetime of the Assembly, we need to find a work around or else the people of Northern Ireland will continue to be held hostage.

"That is not an acceptable way to do government and needs to change. Those who don’t designate as unionist or nationalist must be given the opportunity to play a constructive role or else there will likely be similar cycles of collapse in future.

"Today was also an opportunity to tell the Prime Minister there are a clear majority of parties and businesses here who wish to see pragmatic changes to the Protocol. Despite this, the Foreign Secretary will make a statement tomorrow to set the scene on unilaterally make changes to the Protocol.

"That is not the way to business. Trust is the key ingredient and that involves keeping agreements, not breaking them. There is talk about safe landing zones on this matter. But as the pilot, Boris Johnson and the UK Government is poised to crash the plane tomorrow."

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