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Only a quarter of Labour and Conservative MPs agree Protocol a 'good thing' for Northern Ireland

Only a quarter of Labour and Conservative MPs agree the Northern Ireland Protocol is a `good thing' for Northern Ireland
Marie Louise McConville

A survey found that the Northern Ireland Protocol is more unpopular among Labour than Conservatives MPs than the public.

The poll, for UK In A Changing Europe, found that MPs from both parties are not in sync with public opinion in Northern Ireland on the issue.

The survey found that when asked if the Northern Ireland Protocol is "on balance a good thing" for the north, 52 per cent of the public said it was.

This was compared to just 25 per cent of Labour MPs and 23 per cent of Conservative MPs.

Agreed during EU exit negotiations, the Northern Ireland Protocol means there will be no new checks on goods crossing the border between the north and the south of Ireland.

As a result, Northern Ireland has effectively remained in the EU's single market for goods.

There has been loyalist opposition to the protocol, which at times had prompted street protests, amid claims it undermines Northern Ireland's place in the UK internal market.

The survey further asked if the protocol "provides appropriate means for managing the effects of Brexit in Northern Ireland?"

While 52 per cent of the Northern Ireland public agreed, just 26 per cent of Labour and 17 per cent of Conservatives agreed.

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