Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer arrives in NI for two-day trip

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By Jayne McCormack
BBC News NI Political Correspondent

image captionSir Keir Starmer met PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne connected Thursday

The Labour person Sir Keir Starmer is successful Northern Ireland for talks with governmental leaders astatine Stormont.

He is besides expected to conscionable elder constabulary officers, Troubles victims and students during his two-day visit.

Sir Keir past visited Northern Ireland successful 2019, erstwhile helium was shadiness Brexit secretary.

Ahead of his trip, helium has warned that Boris Johnson's attack to the Brexit protocol is putting stableness successful Northern Ireland astatine risk.

Writing successful The Times newspaper, Sir Keir accused the premier curate of putting "his ain constrictive involvement supra those of the radical of Northern Ireland".

'Time for superior solutions'

He said Mr Johnson had a "personal responsibility" to marque the protocol work, portion ensuring problems raised by its cognition were resolved to allay the concerns of unionists and immoderate businesses successful Northern Ireland.

"These were problems that the UK authorities knew were imaginable erstwhile they signed it. It is clip for serious, applicable solutions," helium added.

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image captionSir Keir Starmer pictured extracurricular the Europa Hotel successful Belfast connected his past sojourn to Northern Ireland successful 2019

Labour has antecedently called for a UK-EU veterinary statement that would chopped down connected 80% of checks connected goods entering NI from GB.

In return, the UK would person to abide by the EU's food-hygiene rules, adjacent erstwhile they alteration successful the future.

But the authorities has already rejected the proposal, saying moving distant from EU rules was 1 of the main reasons for Brexit.

The contented is apt to beryllium precocious connected the docket erstwhile Sir Keir holds meetings with the 5 main Stormont enactment leaders connected Thursday afternoon.

Mr Starmer's sojourn to Northern Ireland began with a sojourn to a Belfast pub wherever helium watched England's triumph implicit Denmark successful the Euro 2020 semi-final.

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