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# Northern Ireland Protocol

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# The protocol
Coveney unsure if UK government interested in working to overcome Northern Ireland problems
The foreign affairs minister said the working relationship Ireland and the UK have enjoyed in the past is currently “absent”.
# Brexit
Liz Truss ‘will not shy away’ from taking action on Northern Ireland Protocol
It is understood the British Cabinet minister is poised to take further action in the coming weeks if negotiations with the EU continue to stall.
# Brexit
Taoiseach and Boris Johnson hold 'serious' talks over Protocol
The protocol effectively creates checks on goods flowing from Britain to Northern Ireland to allow an open border.
# Brexit
Brandon Lewis: Move against Northern Ireland Protocol unlikely to be in Queen’s Speech
Secretary of State Brandon Lewis said the Government is focusing on resolving issues with an agreement with the EU.
# Stormont
Election result will send message over Northern Ireland Protocol, Donaldson says
Rallies took place in Ballymena, Co Antrim, and Bangor, Co Down, on Saturday in opposition to the post-Brexit protocol.
# UK Supreme Court
Unionists welcome move to refer Northern Ireland Protocol legal challenge to UK Supreme Court
Chief Justice Dame Siobhan Keegan has granted leave to appeal a ruling that the post-Brexit trading arrangement is lawful.
# Brexit
Appeals to ruling against challenges to lawfulness of NI Protocol dismissed
The case was pursued in the names of unionists and Brexiteers from across the UK.
# Northern Ireland Protocol
Protocol has cast ‘long shadow’ over politics and life in Northern Ireland, Donaldson says
A Bipa meeting was told that the Stormont Executive would only be restored when issues surrounding the NI Protocol were resolved.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is the Protocol costing Northern Ireland's economy £2.5 million every day?
DUP Leader Jeffrey Donaldson has made the claim multiple times in recent weeks.
# Brexit
Jeffrey Donaldson says no to chances of Protocol deal as unionists discuss pre-election pact
The DUP leader says the chances of a deal are “quite small”.
# Northern Ireland secretary
Brandon Lewis: Unionists should clarify whether they would take up Deputy First Minister role
Lewis said that it was “disappointing and wrong” that Paul Givan had resigned as the North’s First Minister.
# Northern Ireland Protocol
DUP urges Johnson to commit to Article 16, Taoiseach says benefits of Protocol not acknowledged
Triggering Article 16 could suspend elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# Injunction
Belfast judge suspends DUP decision to halt checks at Northern Ireland ports
The decision has been suspended until a judicial review against Edwin Poots’ order can be heard in full.
# The protocol
EU and British Govt say agri-food checks in NI ports still continuing despite Poots order
Stormon’s agriculture minister ordered an end to checks on certain goods last night.
Mairéad McGuinness said the move created uncertainty and unpredictability for the North.
It was unclear this morning whether the order by Edwin Poots last night had been complied with.
Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis insists UK government won't intervene.
Explainer: What has led Edwin Poots to halt Brexit agri-checks at Northern Ireland ports?
# The Protocol Row
Protocol dispute: NI minister Edwin Poots orders Irish Sea border agri-checks to end at midnight
Edwin Poots said he has received legal advice that he can order checks to be stopped in absence of the Executive’s support.
Edwin Poots has argued that he has received legal advice in favour of him suspending checks unilaterally.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said the move, if carried out, would be a “breach of international law”.
It is yet unclear whether the senior civil servant in Poots' department can legally comply with the order.
# Brexit
DUP not going to be ‘strung out for weeks’ waiting on UK move over NI protocol
Jeffrey Donaldson said the UK Government needed to make his party aware of its intentions immediately.
# The North
Coveney says he wants deal on Northern Ireland Protocol by end of February
He said he doesn’t want the NI Assembly election in May become dominated by the ‘polarising’ issue.
# Brexit
Truss calls on EU to take ‘pragmatic approach’ to end protocol deadlock as she meets Sefcovic
The British Foreign Secretary is having her first face-to-face meeting with the European Commission vice-president today.
# Brexit
Solution on Northern Ireland Protocol needed before Assembly elections, McGuinness says
The EU commissioner said she hopes the appointment of Liz Truss as chief Brexit negotiator brings some ‘pragmatism’ to talks.
# Brexit
DUP warn Liz Truss of ‘major implications’ unless Protocol progress made
Boris Johnson has vowed to ‘maximise the benefits of Brexit’ in 2022.
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# Brexit
Brexit negotiator Sefcovic says trust broken with the EU in row over Northern Ireland Protocol
European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic said a compromise can still be found.
# Brexit
'It won't resolve anything': How likely is a post-Brexit trade war between the UK and the EU?
There has been talk of a trade war over Article 16 – but could it actually happen?
# Northern Ireland Protocol
Agreement on protocol before Christmas is ‘unrealistic’, Coveney says
The Foreign Affairs Minister said some issues could be resolved soon, such as the flow of medicines into Northern Ireland.
# Negotiations
European Commission urges UK to 'reciprocate' in Northern Ireland Protocol talks
Post-Brexit talks between the EU and UK are still ongoing.
# Brexit
EU and UK resume talks on Northern Ireland Protocol as Frost promises 'no diminuation' of rights
Frost has insisted that the UK Government is committed to the equality and human rights safeguards within the Protocol.
# rebuke
Ex-DUP leader Foster criticises Bertie Ahern over Belfast 'ghetto' comments on NI protocol
The former Taoiseach said loyalists who are opposed to the Northern Ireland Protocol “haven’t got a clue” about how it works.
# Brexit
Johnson says triggering Article 16 of Northern Ireland Protocol would be ‘perfectly legitimate’
The European Commission vice-president said if the UK Government suspended the protocol, it would have “serious consequences”.
# post brexit
Protests along Northern Ireland border to tell Boris Johnson to ‘back off’ on Article 16
Campaigners have accused the British government of damaging the peace process in their handling of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# Brexit
‘Serious headway’ needed in the next week over Northern Ireland Protocol, EU says
The European Commission vice-president said there had been a ‘change in tone’ from UK negotiators.
# Brexit
Latest EU-UK negotiations on Northern Ireland Protocol due to take place
The UK government’s chief negotiator to the EU, David Frost, is due to meet European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic.
# article 16
Leo Varadkar: Ireland has 'contingency preparations' ready in case of EU-UK trade war
Varadkar said triggering Article 16 would mean the EU would have to respond.
# NI Protocol
Unionist support for peace process agreements ‘falling away’ – Donaldson
The DUP leader was commenting on the decision of the Progressive Unionist Party to withdraw support for the Good Friday Agreement.
# article 16
Taoiseach says there's an 'obligation' to consider Article 16's impact on the peace process
Micheál Martin has called on the Progressive Unionist Party to reconsider their withdrawal of support for the Good Friday Agreement
# article 16
EU could set aside Brexit trade deal if UK suspends NI Protocol, Coveney warns
Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister criticised the UK Government’s approach to negotiations on the Irish Sea trade arrangements.
# Brexit
EU warns of 'serious consequences' if UK decides to trigger Article 16
London has said it could move to suspend the NI protocol.
# Shankill Road
Two youths arrested after ‘disgraceful’ disorder following Belfast rally against NI protocol
Police came under attack with missiles and fireworks last night.
# Brexit
Frost accuses EU of ignoring political sensitivities in Northern Ireland
He also said the EU had “destroyed cross-community consent”.
# Brexit
‘Do they want a solution at all?’: O’Neill questions the UK’s red lines on NI Protocol
Sinn Féin is ready to fight the Assembly election next May, or sooner, she said.
# Brexit
UK's Frost sets December deadline for reaching protocol agreement with EU
The Brexit minister said there remained ‘significant’ gaps between the two sides on reforming the treaty.
# Brexit
UK and EU 'still far apart' on big NI Protocol issues as talks to continue in London
A round of talks in Brussels was ‘constructive’ but significant disagreements still remain.