Loyalists protest at Belfast Cattle Checkpoint


Anti-Irish Sea border activists staged a protest against the Belfast docks for the second week in a row.

he small demonstration on Saturday afternoon took place outside a Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs cattle checkpoint on Duncrue Street.

It was led by ex-TUV and independent union adviser Jolene Bunting, who met with half a dozen supporters at the gates of the inspection court.

Last week Ms Bunting and others staged a similar protest at the Port of Belfast gates on Dock Street in the Sailortown area.

Speaking to Sunday Life, Ms Bunting said: “We had a small protest against the Irish Sea border.

“This is where they come for the checks that will allow them to enter Northern Ireland, part of the UK, from the mainland UK.

“I think it is an absolute disgrace that all traffic from the UK to another part of the UK is stopped.

“The government needs to deal with this now because the people of Northern Ireland will not stand the separation between us and the UK.

“Men and women have fought and died for hundreds of years for us to have the birthright as UK citizens to continue to be part of the UK.

“It is slowly but surely being taken away from us and we are not going to sit idly by and allow this to happen.”

She added: “We are begging the government to listen to us now rather than leave this any longer.”

When asked what she would pose as an alternative to the Northern Ireland Protocol, Ms Bunting said: ‘The border should be where the border is.

“We have had a border with the Republic of Ireland for 100 years now, there is no reason why the EU, if it wants to carry out checks, can do them at the border with the Republic of Ireland .

“The continent has had a much better Brexit than us, we haven’t had a Brexit at all.”

The Northern Ireland Protocol was agreed between the UK government and the EU and ratified by Parliament.

It has kept Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market, which means checks must be carried out on goods coming from Britain if they meet different product standards than those set by the EU .


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