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Pluses of Northern Ireland Protocol remain to be seen

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New frontier: Cars driving off P&O ferry in Larne

New frontier: Cars driving off P&O ferry in Larne

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New frontier: Cars driving off P&O ferry in Larne

Next year should be less fraught than 2020. In January 2020 there was no firm evidence of the possible arrival of Covid-19 and little suspicion that a no-deal Brexit would become a major threat to businesses in Northern Ireland.

The combination of Brexit and Covid-19, reaching a peak as 2020 nears its end, makes an overview of prospects for 2021 unusually difficult.

Standing on the dockside in Belfast, Larne, Londonderry and Warrenpoint, observers might be forgiven if they have only belatedly appreciated the logic of the EU Withdrawal Agreement, which struggled to find mechanisms to allow NI to have a more favourable outcome.


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