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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Protocol

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# 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.
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# Brexit
Is the Protocol bad or good for firms in Northern Ireland? It's both, they say
The EU’s suggested changes will fix some – but not all – problems with post-Brexit trade in Northern Ireland.
# Deadlock
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.
# David Frost
David Frost says UK will submit new NI Protocol proposal to the EU
David Frost took aim at the oversight of the European Courts of Justice over trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.
# United Kingdom
Johnson says 'fix it or ditch it' on Northern Ireland protocol
Boris Johnson did not rule out triggering Article 16.
# protocol protest
Anti-protocol demonstration staged in loyalist area of Belfast
TUV leader Jim Allister and loyalist activist Moore Holmes were among the speakers.
# House Of Lords
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.
# Protocol
Propaganda about the Protocol 'rife' among Loyalist communities
Eileen Weir, a veteran community worker, gave evidence to the NI Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament.
# Poll
Even split among Northern Irish voters' support for Protocol
47% of respondents said the Protocol is appropriate for Northern Ireland, while the same number disagreed.
# Northern Ireland Protocol
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.
# Protocol
Ireland listening to those with ‘real concerns’ over Protocol, Coveney says
Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister said he hopes progress will be made in the sausage war trade dispute between the UK and the EU.
# Brexit
Changes will have to be made to Northern Ireland Protocol, NI Secretary Lewis tells UK MPs
The comments came after outgoing DUP leader Edwin Poots said he had received a personal assurance that changes would be made to the Protocol.
# Protocol
Biden gives ‘candid’ message to Johnson on Northern Ireland Brexit row
The US President told the UK Prime Minister he must protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process.
The US President told the UK Prime Minister he must protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a further grace period for the Northern Ireland Protocol would be “very problematic”
The DUP's new leader Edwin Poots sent a copy of the Good Friday Agreement to French President Emmanuel Macron
G7 countries pledge to provide one billion Covid-19 vaccinations
Taoiseach warns UK extension of protocol grace period would be ‘problematic’
# Brexit
Von der Leyen says Northern Ireland trade problems are caused by Brexit, not the Protocol
A new raft of checks at the ports of Belfast and Larne under the terms of the Protocol have sparked anger among unionists.
# The protocol
NI Secretary and David Frost urge ‘common sense’ from EU during Northern Ireland visit
Frost and NI Secretary Brandon Lewis met business and community reps during a two-day visit to the North.
# leo's gaff
La Liga launches investigation after Messi throws party for Barca players at his home
The get-together on Monday night may have been a breach of Covid-19 protocols.
Neale Richmond: Unionist push against NI Protocol is the wrong move at the wrong time
Neale Richmond says the legal action by unionists is ill-judged and will further entrench political views.
# these islands
Taoiseach says there are 'benefits and opportunities' to NI Protocol as unionists launch legal action against it
The protocol was agreed by the UK and EU as a way to keep the Irish border flowing freely post-Brexit.
Martin welcomed efforts by the UK and EU to find a solution
The legal action claims the protocol breaches the Act of Union and the Good Friday Agreement
Virtual debate at Westminster on the protocol later today
NI Protocol ‘only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement’, EU official says
Arlene Foster calls Simon Coveney 'tone deaf to unionist concerns' as talks start over NI Protocol
# Brexit
'Frank discussions' in London but UK and EU give full backing to Northern Ireland Protocol
Both sides have agreed to “spare no effort” in implementing solutions.
# The protocol
Boris Johnson to consider invoking Article 16 to stop 'barrier down Irish Sea'
Post-Brexit inspections on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain have been suspended amid concerns over the safety of officials.
# Peace Process
Tony Blair says EU was 'very foolish' over NI vaccine move
The bloc backtracked on the move, imposed unilaterally as it faces shortfalls on vaccine supplies.
# warning
Premier League footballers branded 'brainless' for breaching Covid-19 protocols to celebrate goals
Players who continue to hug and kiss after scoring have been reminded about unnecessary contact.
# Protocol
Scotland in disarray as Covid-19 rules out three players on eve of Euro play-off
They’re due to face Israel tomorrow.
# Protocol
Catlin withdrawn from English Championship after restaurant visit
The American has apologised and accepted the European Tour’s decision.