With the new DUP leader in place after the former leader Arlene Foster stood down, frank words have been spoken.
The new DUP leader Edwin Poots cut straight to the point with a statement saying: “We need the EU to recognise this protocol is not fit for purpose. It isn’t working and it cannot work”
With 98% of drugs and medical devices coming from the UK. Mr Poots is worried that checks and EU red tape will delay and hinder the daily function of the health services in Northern Ireland.
Mr Poots full statement read: “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.”
“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.”
“We need to find a solution that overcomes all of this. We need the EU to recognise this protocol is not fit for purpose. It isn’t working and it cannot work and therefore, we have to go back to the drawing board.”