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Far more to protocol stance of PMs than they let on, suggests senior civil servant

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Theresa May and Boris Johnson said they were focussed on NI in talks with EU — but new evidence points in other directions

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Strategy: Then Prime Minister Theresa May with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in 2017. Credit: Leon Neal

Strategy: Then Prime Minister Theresa May with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in 2017. Credit: Leon Neal

Dr Andrew McCormick

Dr Andrew McCormick

DUP MP Sammy Wilson holds up a printed copy of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in 2018. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas PA WIRE

DUP MP Sammy Wilson holds up a printed copy of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in 2018. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas PA WIRE

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Strategy: Then Prime Minister Theresa May with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in 2017. Credit: Leon Neal

As swathes of the NI Protocol are perhaps about to be torn up, new light has been shed on how this document came about — and that light may illuminate what is happening now.

The protocol was signed by Boris Johnson in late 2019, but evolved under his predecessor, Theresa May, and there were two key decisions taken by her which made little sense at the time, but which academic interviews with key Brexit players now suggest were part of a grander plan.


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