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Sunak must stand up to ‘Brexit purity cult’ in Tory party, says Starmer

Labour leader to urge PM to take on Eurosceptics in attempt to resolve Northern Ireland protocol issues

Keir Starmer is to challenge Rishi Sunak to stand up to the “Brexit purity cult” of Eurosceptics within the Conservative party to resolve the Northern Ireland protocol impasse.

The Labour leader will use a speech in Belfast on Friday to encourage the prime minister to take on the once highly influential European Research Group (ERG) of backbench Tory MPs to find a fix for issues arising from Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trading arrangements.

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