Loyalist Communities Council to Testify to MPs on Northern Ireland Protocol
A GROUP representing loyalist paramilitary groups is due to testify to MPs about the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The Loyalist Communities Council (LCC), which represents the UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando, will address members of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee in Westminster on Wednesday.
Group President David Campbell will testify with members Denis Cunningham, Winston Irvine and Jim Wilson.
The LCC announced in March that it was withdrawing its support for the Good Friday deal amid anger from trade unionists over the provisions of the Brexit protocol.
In a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Mr. Campbell warned that the LCC “is withdrawing its support for the Belfast agreement and its institutions until our rights under the agreement are restored”.
Since Easter, loyalists have staged protests against the protocol – which effectively created a post-Brexit border in the Irish Sea – and the police over the funeral of veteran Republican Bobby Storey last year.
Some of the protests have led to riots in several areas, including Belfast, Derry and Newtownabbey.
The protests were suspended after Prince Philip’s death, but then resumed.
Last month Mr Campbell and former NI Ukip leader David McNarry staged a small protest outside Irish government offices in Belfast city center over the protocol.
However, the couple were confronted by Gareth McCord whose brother Raymond was beaten to death by a UVF gang in 1997.