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Editorial: Johnson has broken trust on NI protocol, and it’s up to him to rebuild it

Threats to unilaterally bin the only solution that hardline Brexiteers were willing to accept are just bluster and ignore the will of the majority in the North

In the elections on May 5, a majority of Northern Irish voters chose parties that either support the protocol or require just modest revisions, yet Johnson and Truss act as if only the DUP’s voice matters on the protocol. Picture: AFP via Getty

Boris Johnson says he wants to fix the Northern Ireland protocol, not nix it. If that is the case, the British prime minister has a funny way of going about it. Rather than entering in good faith into negotiations with the European Union, his government is preparing unilateral steps that would ransack this essential part of the UK-EU withdrawal agreement and amount to a grave breach of trust with what he calls “our EU partners”, ...