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Tuesday 3 October 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# The protocol

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Taoiseach 'quietly confident' of Protocol deal 'within a week or two' as Sunak meets NI leaders
British PM Rishi Sunak held bilateral meetings with NI leaders today amid mounting speculation a deal on the Irish trading arrangements is close.
There is mounting speculation that a deal between the EU and UK could be unveiled early next week.
Rishi Sunak told reporters in Downing Street that "there is more work to do” on finding a deal.
Michéal Martin also warned there is a “distance to go yet” before an agreement is over the line.
UK Supreme Court challenge on lawfulness of Northern Ireland protocol is dismissed
Progress being made to hammer out NI Protocol deal but difficulties remain, says Sefcovic
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NI Protocol Bill: What is the British government proposing and how has the EU responded?
The Bill was published this evening.
NI Protocol legislation could have ‘colossal economic impact’, O’Neill warns
The Sinn Féin vice president said Boris Johnson was motivated solely by holding on to power.
Donaldson says Irish Government ‘ignoring’ unionists’ concerns over Northern Ireland Protocol
The DUP leader said the Protocol has left him being treated like a second-class citizen.
Liz Truss to meet with top Democrat as Northern Ireland Protocol row heats up
Meetings between senior US figures and Labour leader Keir Starmer are also set to take place.
Nancy Pelosi comments on Northern Ireland Protocol slammed as ‘unhelpful’ by DUP
In a strongly-worded intervention, Pelosi urged the UK and the EU to continue negotiations to uphold peace in Northern Ireland.
Exasperation over UK actions but Irish officials don't expect Brussels to be 'bounced' into Protocol response
The UK is seeking to unilaterally change the Withdrawal Agreement.
Donaldson confirms DUP will not nominate Speaker, leaving Stormont Assembly unable to function
Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill has called the decision “shameful”.
The DUP leader is refusing to sit in Stormont until issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol are resolved.
Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill said the party are "disgracefully holding the public to ransom for their Brexit mess".
The UK Government has indicated that it is set to override parts of the post-Brexit agreement.
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”.
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.
What happens to Stormont now that Paul Givan has resigned as First Minister?
The resignation comes amid a festering row over the Northern Ireland Protocol and with elections looming.
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?
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'A lot of people feel they’re not being listened to': What do NI's unionists want after Brexit?
Not all unionists are opposed to the Protocol – so how will their politics change in the years ahead?
Wielding a gun with no ammunition: The UK, the EU and the battle over the Northern Ireland Protocol
It hasn’t gone away, you know.
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.
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
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.
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.
UK strategy to propose Internal Markets Bill likely 'a high stakes gamble'
A comprehensive report analyses the policy decisions around the Internal Market Bill, and where it leaves Brexit trade talks.