Brandon Lewis – 2022 Comments After Meeting Party Leaders in Northern Ireland

The comments made by Brandon Lewis, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on 10 May 2022.

Northern Ireland’s party leaders must come together to agree a way forward to deliver a stable and accountable devolved government.

The UK Government’s overriding priority remains the preservation of peace and stability in Northern Ireland and the protection of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in all its strands. The current situation with the Protocol is fundamentally undermining the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and creating an unacceptable situation in Northern Ireland. We will continue to press the EU to agree the crucial changes that are urgently needed but will take nothing off the table in our pursuit of those solutions.

As I conveyed to party leaders today, our collective focus must be on the restoration of the Stormont institutions so that those newly elected representatives can come together and deliver in the best interests of all the people of Northern Ireland.

I will remain in close contact with the party leaders over the coming days.