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Stormont does not give us special status


Bernard J Mulholland's muddled suggestion (12 April) that the existence of the Stormont Parliament, when the UK joined the EU on 1 January 1973, infers a separate Northern Ireland status in negotiations is, frankly, nonsense.

Stormont never had treaty or foreign affairs powers. Such were always the sole preserve of Westminster. Thus no matter how many devolved legislatures existed in the UK, only Parliament is relevant to the decision of the United Kingdom leaving or joining the EU.

Hence my assertion that just as we joined as one nation, we leave as one nation - and so it should be.

Jim Allister MLA

TUV leader

Belfast Telegraph


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