Northern Ireland leaders being shut out of Brexit talks, says Labour

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Government should lift ‘veil of secrecy’ as big decisions are made about protocol, says shadow NI secretary

The Labour party has called on the government and the EU to lift the “veil of secrecy” over the talks about new Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland, urging them to give local political leaders a seat at the negotiations table.

As the talks inch towards the deadline the UK government has set for making a decision to trigger article 16 and suspend parts of the protocol, the shadow Northern Ireland secretary, Louise Haigh, said it was unsustainable for leaders, businesses and civic society to be “shut out” on huge decisions being taken about their future.

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