DUP MP Jim Shannon argued Boris Johnson must address the significant problems facing businesses in Northern Ireland. While speaking on RT Question More, Mr Shannon claimed the Prime Minister must take the “bull by the horns” and suspend the Brexit agreement with Article 16. This was to stop businesses having to fight through bureaucracy at the borders to Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
Mr Shannon said: “Two shops in particular, one can’t get his goods, four pubs worth of goods, from London mainland to Northern Ireland because of bureaucracy.
“Other shops are having difficulties sourcing the foodstuffs that they had just a short time ago before Christmas and their shelves are empty.
“With the fishermen that have contacted me this morning, yesterday and the day before all complaining about the bureaucracy that is taking place.
“The Secretary of State told us that there was no border down the Irish sea but I will tell you there is a lot of bureaucracy and lots of problems.
“For instance, one fishing company had 100 boxes of fish going from Northern Ireland down to the Republic of Ireland and it took them eight hours.
“Eight hours to go through that, complete the paperwork, complete the procedure and move forward.”
Mr Shannon then argued the UK should revoke the trade deal in order to help those negatively impacted by the Brexit deal.
The RT host said: “There are calls to have the Brexit deal changed.
“There are also calls from your colleagues that the UK suspends the withdrawal agreement by invoking Article 16.”
The DUP MP insisted the Government needed to quickly take action to save businesses.
Mr Shannon said: “I think that is the sort of level of engagement we need with Government.
“This is to ensure what is happening stops and it is clear that the administrative part of business with north-south and east-west is not working.
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“How do we improve that? If it involves invoking the article then maybe it is the time to do it.
“The Brexit minister Michael Gove and the Secretary of State and the Prime Minister have to take the bull by the horns.
“They have to ensure that the problems that we are having now don’t escalate to a stage that those businesses will not be able to operate.