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DUP to block N Ireland’s new legislature over post-Brexit trade

DUP will not back a speaker or nominate ministers until the UK alters the protocol which governs post-Brexit trade.

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said it will block the election of a speaker for the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a move that would shut down the British-run province’s newly-elected legislature.

In a statement to the Letter, a Northern Irish newspaper, party leader Jeffrey Donaldson said on Friday he would not back a speaker or nominate ministers until the United Kingdom altered the Northern Ireland Protocol which governs post-Brexit trade in the region.

The DUP, which last week lost its place as the region’s largest party to Irish nationalists Sinn Féin, had already said it would block the formation of an executive.

“Today the DUP will not support the election of a speaker in the Assembly,” he said in the statement.

Michelle O’Neill, leader of Sinn Féin in Northern

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