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'We're expendable!' Paisley blames Northern Ireland protocol for epic DUP polling collapse

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THE GOVERNMENT'S "expendable" treatment of Northern Ireland through the Brexit protocol has cost the DUP its support, according to Ian Paisley Jr.

Nigel Farage grills Ian Paisley over DUP polling

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Following catastrophic polling which has seen support for the Democratic Unionist Party dwindle to a measly 13 percent support, the furious son of the party's founder utterly destroyed Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Government for the devastating impact of the Brexit protocol as he claimed the move costs Northern Ireland an eye watering "£850million a year" to administer. As a result he explained people have lost trust in the Unionist Party which his father Ian Paisley founded in 1971.

Mr Paisley told Nigel Farage on GB News: "Unfortunately, because of our period of time supporting the Government which we would have hoped delivered Brexit on the same terms as the rest of the United Kingdom…

"Suddenly find that Northern Ireland was expendable!

"And we are at the end of that punishment because people want Brexit to work.

"Even those who didn't vote for it, they still want a deal that works for them."

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Ian Paisley Jr. slammed Boris Johnson for destroying the DUP through the protocol (Image: GB News)

Mr Paisley Jr. spoke with Nigel Farage about the chaos the protocol has caused (Image: GB News)

He went on to claim the protocol costs Northern Ireland an astonishing "850m a year" to administer a protocol that is "ruining the economy of Northern Ireland".

The DUP MP insisted how the protocol does not just ruin the Unionist part of Northern Ireland's economy but all of the economy. 

Mr Paisley went on to demand how the Government "has got to fix this" as he erupted in fury at the state the protocol has left Northern Ireland in.

The Northern Irishman was then questioned on the kind of difficulties faced as a result of the protocol to which he said: "Where do you start?"

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Northern Ireland protocol (Image: Express.co.uk)

His comments come as Brexit Minister Lord Frost has warned that the EU should take proposals on the "The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland" seriously to avoid it collapsing during negotiations in coming weeks.

It comes as Lord David Frost has taken part in a House of Lords debate as tensions ramp up with Ireland becoming increasingly desperate for the European Union to agree on a new deal around trade with the UK.

Lord Frost and his EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic will resume talks in an attempt to find common ground.

Staunch Brexiteer Lords are urging Lord Frost to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a protective measure to give both parties a formal recourse of action if the agreement includes any unintended outcomes.

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Frost wants to overhaul parts of the Protocol in order to eliminate customs controls ordered by the EU, but Brussels insists the mechanism won't be renegotiated.

Under the protocol, Britain agreed to leave some EU rules in place in Northern Ireland and accept checks on goods arriving from elsewhere in the United Kingdom, in order to preserve an open land border with EU member state Ireland.

Britain has asked for "substantial and significant change" covering areas including the movement of goods into Northern Ireland, standards for goods and governance arrangements, and a treaty framework which is not policed by the European Court of Justice.

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