The DUP said it is seeking “further movement” from the Government on post-Brexit trade, after presenting a set of proposed actions to address its concerns.
DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the proposals were partly informed by the findings of a consultative panel he established to assess unionist and business attitudes to the latest EU/UK deal.
Former DUP leaders and first ministers Peter Robinson and Baroness Foster were among those on the eight-member panel.
While the party has not published its findings, Sir Jeffrey said on Thursday that the panel had concluded that the new Windsor Framework deal “doesn’t adequately address the concerns that unionist and businesses have”.
The DUP is currently blocking devolution at Stormont and has said it will not return until it secures further assurances from the Government on Northern Ireland’s place within the UK internal market.
The party collapsed the executive in Belfast in protest at Brexit’s Northern Ireland Protocol.
The protocol was agreed by the UK and EU to ensure a free-flowing Irish land border post Brexit.
It did that by creating new regulatory and customs checks on the movement of goods from Great Britain into Northern Ireland.
The Windsor Framework struck by London and Brussels sought to reduce the red tape on goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, while still maintaining dual market access for Northern Ireland-based companies to sell freely into Britain and the EU.
The DUP has said the new accord does not go far enough to address its concerns around sovereignty and the application of EU law in Northern Ireland.
Sir Jeffrey joined representatives from the other main Stormont parties at Hillsborough Castle for talks about budgetary issues.
Afterwards he was asked whether his party was any closer to returning to powersharing.
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