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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Getting rid of the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol will be top priority, newly-elected DUP leader Edwin Poots has vowed.Mr Poots, who won the party’s leadership election on Friday, said he had requested to meet the prime minister and the the UK Government’s Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis to try and resolve the post-Brexit trade arrangements.He said the protocol was “by far the biggest issue” and confirmed he would not be attending north-south ministerial meetings until a solution was found.The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Mr Poots, Stormont’s current agriculture minister, defeated the DUP’s Westminster leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson in the battle to become the next party leader after Arlene Foster announced her resignation following a party coup last month.In an interview with Sunday Life newspaper, he said the protocol was not “a unionist issue” but a Northern Ireland one.“At the end of the grace period we are looking at 15,000 checks being applied on goods coming into Northern Ireland from Great Britain,” he said.“On supermarket goods and the food that ends up in your corner shop, that is going to affect every consumer in Northern Ireland.“Ninety-eight per cent of our drugs and medical devices come from Great Britain. Those are going to be subject to these checks after the scrutiny period and problems with getting things in, including cancer drugs.“It is just entirely unacceptable that our health service could be hit with additional cost, and indeed with maybe not having certain material that is needed as a consequence of it.
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.”Mr Poots, who recently recovered from cancer surgery, added: “Goods that are staying in the UK in my view should not have checks. That is my ultimate goal.”He warned that judicial proceedings would be launched if “real significant progress” was not made in the coming weeks.The Irish Government has “hugely damaged” north-south relations in its conduct over the protocol, he claimed.“They claim to be protectors of the Belfast Agreement yet they have allowed a coach and horses to be driven through it,” he added.Mr Poots will take over as leader when Mrs Foster steps down as DUP leader at the end of May.He said: “We will obviously have conversations with Arlene about a smooth transition and I want our party to be a party that is healing and fit for purpose going forward.”Mrs Foster is due to stay on as First Minister until the end of June. Mr Poots has confirmed he will not take the post himself, splitting the role from his job as party leader.
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