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Brussels, London clash over Northern Ireland Protocol

Amina Taylor
Press TV, London

The EU is set to scrap a raft of post Brexit checks on goods entering Northern Ireland in the NI Protocol in an attempt to step away from the fractious relationship that has been ongoing with London. However, a new claim by a former top aid to the PM that the UK always intended to ditch the deal has caused a firestorm of controversy.   

It should be quicker and easier for goods to pass in and out of the north of Ireland under new proposals being touted by Brussels in fresh talks about the future of the NI Protocol. A move, the UK says it will “constructively" engage with. 

As the only part of the UK to share a land border with an EU country, the NI Protocol has caused particular tensions on the ground, even threatening the fragile peace in the region.

The new round of negotiations has not been helped after Dominic Cummings, one-time chief aid to the British PM revealed not only did Boris Johnson fully understand the agreement he signed, there was no intention of sticking to the deals in any case. A move analysts argue is typical of the PM.

Britain still wants, some believe to have the best of both worlds. 

As negotiations push on, many Irish commentators see the potential reunification as an upside of this period of uncertainty.

The EU claim they are doing what they can to listen to British fears and address them, but will London, bearing in mind the many domestic issues riding on the NI protocol, give any ground to their European partners….

 


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