# Northern Ireland Protocol

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The Explainer: What is Article 16, and why has it been causing hassle?
Coveney says calls to scrap Northern Ireland protocol are unrealistic
Explainer: Why has a row broken out over checks between GB and Northern Ireland?
UK minister Michael Gove has asked the EU for a Northern Ireland transition period until 2023.
Simon Coveney conceded that some of the ways the Protocol is being implemented is causing problems.
SDLP MLA Colin McGrath said that there is a danger of any problem in Northern Ireland becoming a "green or orange" issue.
Boris Johnson to consider invoking Article 16 to stop 'barrier down Irish Sea'
Timeline: How the EU provoked anger in Ireland and the UK with plans for a hard border for vaccines
EU backs down after Northern Ireland Protocol row provoked fury and dismay on both sides of Irish Sea
The EU had moved to prevent Northern Ireland from being used as a back door to funnel coronavirus vaccine from the bloc into the rest of the UK
Arlene Foster described it as "despicable", while the Taoiseach spoke to Ursula von der Leyen to express his concerns
The European Commission said this evening the Northern Ireland Protocol will be "unaffected" by its plans to put limits on vaccines leaving the EU
82-year-old man ‘really proud’ to be first to get Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
Brexit: 'Large gaps' remain after tonight's talks end between Johnson and von der Leyen
The two leaders aimed to break ongoing deadlock ahead of EU summit tomorrow
Negotiations stalled on fishing rights, the level playing-field and how trade disputes are to be resolved
Cabinet minister Michael Gove says EU will have to give ground if there is to be a breakthrough
UK and EU agree deal 'in principle' to manage post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland
Northern Irish products not being of EU origin could cause 'huge problems' for valuable Irish dairy sector
'Alarm bells': Tánaiste expresses concern ahead of publication of law-breaking Brexit bill
Brexit deal and Northern Ireland arrangements should be 'scrapped', says Sammy Wilson
Only three weeks to finalise plans for Brexit checks at ports, warns senior official