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# Protocol

This month
January 2023
# Northern Ireland
Leo Varardkar says he has 'regrets' over NI Protocol as latest Stormont deadline passes
The Taoiseach said he understands why unionists feel that the protocol has “weakened the union”.
# High hopes
‘Gaps remain’ with EU amid hopes of Northern Ireland Protocol breakthrough
A joint statement following talks between the EU and UK said that ‘scoping work for potential solutions should continue in a constructive and collaborative spirit’.
# Brexit
Tánaiste welcomes data-sharing progress amid Northern Ireland Protocol row
The EU and UK have reached agreement on data sharing and EU access to UK IT systems.
# Protocol
Mistakes were made on all sides in handling of Brexit, Varadkar says
The Taoiseach said he will be as flexible and reasonable as possible when attempting to solve issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Last year
2022
# Stormont
DUP will not be ‘bullied or cajoled’ into restoring Stormont, Northern Ireland Secretary told
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said the UK Government should stop ‘expending energy’ targeting unionists.
# Northern Ireland
Legislation introduced to push back deadline to form a Stormont Executive
It will also allow for MLA salaries to be cut by around a third while the Assembly is unable to sit.
# Northern Ireland
Coveney says he will not stop visiting NI or be intimidated by loyalist threats
Coveney said those objecting to his presence north of the border were not reflective of the majority of people.
# DUP
Jeffrey Donaldson repeats claim heart surgeries were delayed by NI protocol
The Southern Health Trust said cardiac equipment parts could not be secured from the UK or Ireland in August
# Northern Ireland
Jeffrey Donaldson says Irish government 'deluded' to think joint-authority with London is possible
The DUP is set to block an attempt to elect a new Stormont speaker.
# new pm
Rishi Sunak vows to fix ‘mistakes’ of Liz Truss and warns of ‘economic crisis’
Congratulations have been offered by the Taoiseach who urged Sunak to work with the EU on Northern Ireland.
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol talks between UK and EU ‘will continue’ if snap Stormont election called
A previous round of talks between the EU and the UK were paused ahead of the last Stormont Assembly election in May
# Protocol
DUP leader says debris of protocol must be cleared for Stormont to return
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson will meet Taoiseach Micheál Martin later today.
# Protocol
Tánaiste describes Northern Ireland Protocol as a ‘little too strict'
Leo Varadkar said that a window of opportunity now exists for agreement to be reached between the EU and the UK.
# Protocol
UK risks angering EU further with response to post-Brexit legal threats over NI Protocol
The UK Government is understood to have told Brussels it will continue with the grace periods relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# Northern Ireland
Liz Truss and Joe Biden discussed the Good Friday Agreement in their first call
Truss’ one-year tenure as UK foreign secretary saw post-Brexit tensions in Northern Ireland increase.
# UK hustings
Tory leadership hopefuls Truss and Sunak take united stand on Protocol during Belfast trip
The Tory leadership contenders are to make their pitch to Conservative members in Belfast today.
# Legal Action
Coveney says UK Government have not engaged seriously with EU to resolve NI Protocol issues
The European Commission has triggered four new infringement proceedings against the UK Government today.
Voices
Neale Richmond: Boris' Protocol Bill is an insult to everyone in Northern Ireland and the EU
The Fine Gael TD says the latest Tory moves in Westminster show a blatant disregard for the will of the people.
# Brexit battle
'This is illegal': EU launches legal proceedings against UK much to 'disappointment' of Boris
Maros Sefcovic delivered an update to a press conference this morning.
Voices
What to expect next from this UK government? A lot of noise and not much competence
Expect Johnson to do what he’s always done – pick fights with the EU in a bid to keep power, former UK/EU negotiatior Sydney Nash writes.
# The protocol
NI Protocol Bill: What is the British government proposing and how has the EU responded?
The Bill was published this evening.
# all together now
Sinn Féin, SDLP and Alliance jointly write to Boris Johnson to condemn 'reckless' Protocol bill
The letter represents a majority of MLAs in Stormont but no unionists signed it.
# UK Labour
On Dublin visit, Keir Starmer accuses Johnson of taking 'wrecking ball' to UK-Irish relations
Starmer’s visit comes as the UK Government revealed plans to introduce legislation that would override parts of the Brexit.
# Brexit
Northern Ireland business leaders tell US delegation compromise is needed over Protocol
The US Congressional group met business organisations as their last engagement on their trip to the island of Ireland.
# Brexit
Jeffrey Donaldson accuses US Congressman visiting Dublin of 'slavish adherence to Sinn Féin dogma'
Richard Neal says it’s up to London to find a solution.
Donaldson made the comments after Congressman Richard Neal described the Protocol impasse as 'manufactured'.
Massachusetts Democrat Neal told reporters today it's 'up to London' to find a solution.
Neal is leading a nine-strong US delegation on a fact-finding mission to Europe.
Deep well of support for pragmatic solution on Northern Ireland Protocol, says Taoiseach
Taoiseach and Jeffrey Donaldson meet in Belfast as DUP rejects 'sticking plaster approach'
# Protocol
Deep well of support for pragmatic solution on Northern Ireland Protocol, says Taoiseach
The Taoiseach made the remarks during a press conference with Dutch PM Mark Rutte
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Brexit
EU will 'respond with all measures at its disposal' if UK brings in law to change Protocol
Liz Truss addressed the House of Commons this afternoon.
Liz Truss addressed the Commons this afternoon.
"This is not about scrapping the Protocol," she told MPs.
Truss said she would prefer to do a deal with the EU instead of passing legislation.
# Brexit
O'Neill accuses Johnson of 'assisting DUP nonsense' amid UK plans to 'rip up' parts of Protocol
Liz Truss is expected to declare her intention to bring forward legislation which rips up parts of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal.
# Northern Ireland
Coveney says British 'sabre-rattling and grandstanding' over NI Protocol is not helpful
The Foreign Affairs Minister said Ireland is “frustrated” and “dealing with the consequences now of a decision by the British people on our own country”.
# Northern Ireland
Johnson says protocol causing ‘real problems’ in Northern Ireland and must be ‘fixed’
Boris Johnson said the DUP would not join a powersharing agreement until changes have been made to the Brexit treaty.
European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic earlier said the UK plans to scrap swathes of the Protocol are "unacceptable".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dismissed suggestions of any possible escalatory response from the EU as "crazy".
DUP MP Sammy Wilson said his party has adopted a wait-and-see approach over what the UK Government will do about the Protocol.
Coveney unsure if UK government interested in working to overcome Northern Ireland problems
Liz Truss ‘will not shy away’ from taking action on Northern Ireland Protocol
# Jim Allister
‘Long past the point’ for Westminster to take action on Protocol, TUV leader says
“It will take more than a story to solve the Protocol issue,” Jim Allister told an election rally.
# Northern Ireland
Unionists must unite to oppose Northern Ireland Protocol, says Donaldson
The DUP leader was addressing a rally against the protocol in Castlederg.
# Protocol
Martin: Growing view in Northern Ireland that Brexit protocol is working
The Taoiseach was speaking to reporters at the Embassy of Ireland in London.
# Protocol
Jeffrey Donaldson says EU must drop pretence that 'protocol is protecting peace'
Donaldson said unionism is ‘rapidly losing faith’ that a negotiated solution can be found on the trading arrangements.
# 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.
# 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 Row
Explainer: What has led Edwin Poots to halt Brexit agri-checks at Northern Ireland ports?
Poots claims he no longer has the legal authority to continue the Protocol checks – but local politics is also at play.
# 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.
# Northern Ireland
Irish politicians criticise 'deceitful' British Government social media video about the Protocol
Senator Erin McGreehan said that the video was adding tension amid “heightened” emotions before Stormont elections in May.