Brexit: UK government urged to ‘act unilaterally’ over Northern Ireland protocol

Brexit: UK government urged to ‘act unilaterally’ over Northern Ireland protocol
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The UK government has been told to “act unilaterally” over the controversial Northern Ireland protocol in its trade deal with the EU.

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Brexit deal agreed saw trade checks enacted on products travelling between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

But to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, these regulatory and customs checks moved to the Irish Sea, with goods imported into Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK subject to a range of new processes.

A grace period has been in place since 31 December, but there has still been disruption on transporting supermarket goods and this could intensify when it ends on 1 April.

Unionists say the protocol is driving an economic…



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