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Posts Tagged: Northern Ireland Protocol
“We have been surprised by the EU’s willingness to resort quite quickly to threats”. Lord Frost’s Königswinter speech.
“We do have a challenge…it is to respond to the new political configuration here without falling into the trap of statism.”
Interview with Dominic Raab: The EU’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol is “pretty analogue in a digital age”
The Foreign Secretary contends that by forming an aspirational coalition the Conservatives can gain votes in the North without losing support in the South.
Plus: Biden was the adult in the room at the G7. And: Why I support mandatory vaccinations for care home workers.
Ben Roback: Biden and the Northern Ireland Protocol. A strategic international imperative, or purely a domestic trade issue?
The President’s instincts on Ireland and his approach to trade pull in different political directions.
Roderick Crawford: We don’t need to abolish the Northern Ireland Protocol. All we have to do is to tweak it.
Were clause 4 of Article 5 amended as I suggest, the Protocol would have much of the flexibility it needs to work to the satisfaction of all parties.
It’s also about much more, of course. But the wrangle over a legal principle is also over the consequences of enforcing it.
Poots has purged Foster’s old team and nominated an ex-spad as First Minister. These do not suggest confidence.
The Government is right to insist on protecting food supply chains inside our country. But is the Prime Minister up for the fight?
Granting ‘Royal status’ to Hillsborough is the latest small but welcome step by the Government to do just that.
WATCH: Poots – “The current batch of European Commissioners don’t seem to care for the peace process”
The DUP leader declares that “we have violence on our streets in Northern Ireland and that’s on the back of this protocol”.
The UK competes as itself too rarely to allow the Corporation’s complacency to let Britain down. Time to bring some Olympic focus.
Also: The new Ulster Unionist leader is right that Northern Ireland suffers for having no government MPs. What will he do about it?
Henry Hill: Why Foster’s exit most likely signals an even harder line against the Protocol from the DUP
A united front against the sea border might be their best chance – regardless of the headaches it causes in Dublin, Brussels, or London.
Henry Hill: If Johnson wants to save the Belfast Agreement, he must act to restore unionist confidence in it
If he cannot or will not convince them that its guarantees of their British status are real and meaningful, its days are numbered.