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# Northern Ireland Protocol

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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.
Brussels hints talks won’t include stripping EU judges from Northern Ireland Protocol
The EU said a ‘very intense period of discussions’ has begun but suggested they may not include the role of the European Court of Justice.
EU will not allow Ireland to be singled out if NI Protocol talks fail, McGuinness says
She said UK/EU relations would be in a ‘difficult place’ if it was true No 10 always intended to ditch the protocol.
Still 'a long way' to go to reach resolution on Northern Ireland Protocol, Frost warns
The Brexit Minister will hold talks with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic in Brussels today.
Northern Ireland Protocol discussions will not be renegotiation, says Sefcovic
Brexit minister David Frost is expected in Brussels tomorrow to meet Maros Sefcovic to discuss ways to break the deadlock.
Here's what the EU is proposing for the NI protocol
The European Commission has not given ground on the UK demand for the removal of the European Court of Justice’s role in policing the protocol.
Measures would see an 80% reduction in checks envisaged for retail agri-food products arriving in the region from Great Britain.
The proposed changes would also remove the prospect of certain British produce, including Cumberland sausages, being banned from export to Northern Ireland.
The plan also includes a 50% reduction in customs paperwork
David Frost says UK will submit new NI Protocol proposal to the EU
Softening of EU stance on NI protocol is welcome breakthrough, Donaldson says
DUP says EU proposals on NI Protocol 'fall far short of the fundamental change needed'
Sinn Féin welcomed the “far-reaching” EU plans published this evening.
Tánaiste warns other countries about doing deals with UK until 'they can keep their promises'
The Tanaiste said comments from Dominic Cummings indicate Boris Johnson’s administration ‘acted in bad faith’.
Frost tells EU ‘significant changes’ needed to Northern Ireland Brexit deal
Brexit minister David Frost again threatened to suspend parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol unless Brussels gives ground.
Unionist leaders sign joint declaration opposing Northern Ireland Protocol
The protocol was agreed by the UK and EU as a way to maintain a free-flowing land border on the island of Ireland after Brexit.
Boris Johnson says disputes over Northern Ireland Protocol 'can't go on forever'
Johnson is due to meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House tomorrow.
DUP threatens to collapse Stormont ‘before November’ amid NI Protocol row
Jeffrey Donaldson said he feared negotiations over the protocol would drag on for years.
Taoiseach says EU wants 'solution' on NI Protocol after DUP leader threatens to force election
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said his party will collapse Stormont if their issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol are not resolved.
Donaldson announced his party’s withdrawal from north/south political structures established under the Good Friday Agreement.
He said DUP ministers will block the implementation of any additional checks at Northern Ireland ports when ongoing grace periods end.
EU says there will be no renegotiation of the Protocol, after UK suggests 'significant change'
Propaganda about the Protocol 'rife' among Loyalist communities
UK announces further extensions on post-Brexit grace periods
The European Commission said it “will not agree to a renegotiation of the Protocol”.
UK's Frost warns of ‘cold mistrust’ with EU due to Brexit rows over Northern Ireland
The negotiator of the post-Brexit agreement renewed calls for Brussels to accept changes to the deal that he negotiated.
Donaldson tells Varadkar NI Protocol is ‘causing damage to political stability’
The Tanaiste met with Jeffrey Donaldson to assess post-Brexit arrangements and Covid recovery.
Breaking the Northern Ireland protocol would be 'completely unacceptable', says US congressman
US congressman Brendan Boyle spoke to The Journal on Brexit, Afghanistan, and polarised politics.
Donaldson urges quick resolution to NI Protocol issues following 'frank' talks with Taoiseach
The Taoiseach acknowledged “the concerns of the unionist community are sincere”.
UK and EU have 'fundamentally flawed' approach to NI protocol impasse – Lords
The House of Lords committee said that Northern Ireland risks becoming a “permanent casualty” of Brexit.
EU says there will be no renegotiation of the Protocol, after UK suggests 'significant change'
The UK government has said that current arrangements “cannot go on”, despite progress made last month on some big issues.
UK ministers warn EU Protocol will ‘damage’ Northern Ireland peace without changes
David Frost and Brandon Lewis said the current terms risk ‘creating a series of rolling crises’.
Sausage wars: EU and UK agree to extension of chilled meats grace period
The European Commission has announced solutions to also allow for the movement of medicines, livestock, and guide dogs.
Along with the chilled meat extension, other important changes to the Protocol were announced today by the European Commission.
This includes allowing for the movement of medicines, guide dogs, car insurance and livestock from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
An extract from our Brexit newsletter: A sausage war and a Poots putsch
Sausage war: EU to 'assess' UK request for chilled meats to be traded with the North until October
EU ‘would consider bold steps’ to reduce Irish Sea border checks to minimum
Maros Sefcovic said the EU is willing to accommodate permanent flexibilities to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Naomi Long condemns ‘chilling’ warning that Irish ministers ‘not welcome’
The Loyalist Communities Council said Irish Government ministers would not be welcome as difficulties over the Northern Ireland Protocol remain.
The Explainer: What's all this about a Brexit sausage war?
Yes, a Brexit sausage row. Let us break it down for you with the help of Gráinne Ní Aodha and Dominic McGrath of BBC Radio Foyle.
Patience ‘very thin’ as EU threatens retaliation over Northern Ireland Protocol
Brexit minister David Frost accused the EU of taking a ‘purist’ approach to the implementation of the Protocol.
UK press hypes 'sausage trade war' with EU over Northern Ireland checks on chilled meats
EU needs to show more common sense over NI Protocol, David Frost says
Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'
The Taoiseach says the two party leaders had “an open exchange of view” this evening.
EU needs to show more common sense over NI Protocol, David Frost says
The UK’s Brexit minister was in NI to meet business and community representatives to discuss the challenges they are facing following departure from the EU.
Ahead of final meeting with Boris Johnson, Arlene Foster urges him to ‘deal with’ NI Protocol
The First Minister said every day the protocol remains in place, more damage was done to Northern Ireland.
European Commission VP and UK's Brexit minister invited to give evidence to Stormont committee
The committee chairman said they’re being asked to give evidence on the impact of Brexit and the NI Protocol.
Unionist negotiators of Good Friday Agreement call for suspension of Northern Ireland Protocol
The open letter has been sent to Micheál Martin, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Maros Sefcovic.
'A difficult day': Reaction as Arlene Foster announces she is to step down as leader of the DUP
There has been growing discontentment over Foster’s handling of Brexit and the NI Protocol.
Foster will step down as Northern Ireland's First Minister at the end of June.
There has been growing discontentment with Foster's handling of Brexit negotiations and the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Foster has been the leader of the DUP since 2015.
Frost to meet Sefcovic in Brussels for talks on Northern Ireland and Brexit
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is also in London today for talks.
Arlene Foster says UK 'damaging' itself with NI Protocol to appease EU
Foster wants the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol to be replaced.
British government unilaterally relaxes more trade rules between Britain and NI amid EU fury
The European Commission is taking legal action against the UK government for its latest moves regarding the Northern Ireland protocol.
The latest Brexit row: UK's solo run has left the EU in a tricky position
This is Brexit: so expect to see more rows between the UK and EU, particularly over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
EU taking ‘very belligerent approach’ to issues caused by NI Protocol, Arlene Foster says
The Northern Ireland protocol was designed to avoid a hardening of the border on the island of Ireland.
NI Protocol issues can be resolved with goodwill and common sense, Boris Johnson says
Loyalist paramilitaries in NI have said they are withdrawing their support for the GFA.
DUP minister halts construction work on Brexit inspection posts at NI ports
DUP minister for agriculture Gordon Lyons has also stopped any further recruitment of inspection staff.
Ireland's EU commissioner on Article 16: 'If I had been consulted on this, it wouldn't have happened'
Mairead McGuinness said mechanisms are in place to ensure such a situation doesn’t arise again.