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Margaret Canning

NI Protocol accord may be more important for life here than any Brexit free trade pact

Margaret Canning


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Michael Gove and Maros Sefcovic announce their agreement.

Michael Gove and Maros Sefcovic announce their agreement.

Michael Gove and Maros Sefcovic announce their agreement.

Even the most ardent supporter of Brexit in Northern Ireland could not have discerned anything but storm clouds in the complex outworkings of the NI Protocol - never mind the sunlit uplands of Brexiteers' dreams.

In avoiding a harder border on the island of Ireland by keeping NI within the EU's single market, it effectively created a border in the Irish Sea.

The EU's priority was to preserve the integrity of its single market by installing checks that would ensure goods coming into NI from GB were not in fact "at risk" of travelling into the Republic.


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