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Commenting on the government announcement today (Tuesday) on plans to scrap part of the Northern Ireland protocol, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:  

“This is a mess of the government’s own making.

“It says everything about ministers’ warped priorities that in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, they risk provoking a trade war which could see prices skyrocket further.

“Working people must not pay the price. Ministers must honour the agreement that they signed and put practical solutions ahead of ideological posturing.  

“They need to get back around the table with the EU as soon as possible and come to an agreement that protects jobs, livelihoods and the Good Friday Agreement.

“And they must act in good faith to repair the UK’s now-trashed reputation as a trading partner.”

Editors note

Notes to editors:
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together the 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.


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