Brian Keegan: Britain’s inability to get the NI protocol to work exposes its failure to prepare
The latest grace periods for checks and controls are merely a sticking plaster to hide how horribly unprepared Boris Johnson’s government is for the practicalities of Brexit
Responding to questions on the operation of the Northern Ireland protocol in Westminster last week, Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, made repeated mention of the role of business.
He hoped that Maroš Šefčovič, the EU vice-president with responsibility for Brexit, could “visit Northern Ireland more”. By implication, if Šefčovič really understood the issues affecting people and businesses in the North, he might be more positive about the British government reneging on the previously agreed...
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Brian Keegan: NI protocol is working, it‘s the processes that need smoothing
Flawed as it is, the protocol plays a big role in volumes of trade on the island of Ireland which are very much in the North’s favour
Chris Patten: The UK’s hard Brexit choices have arrived
The UK government’s policy review reflects a characteristic Johnsonian feature: a chasm between aspirations and reality that cannot be bridged by make-believe and mendacity
Lucinda Creighton: As value of imports and exports plummet in wake of Brexit, we need an urgent solution
A fall of 65 per cent in British imports to Ireland in January gives lie to the mere ‘teething problems’ claimed by Brexiteers, with the collapse now in full swing
Cathal Mac Coille: Like it or not, the Northern Ireland protocol is the only realistic option
British bad faith puts Ireland in a difficult, but not hopeless, position, and the case for a cooperative approach to the North remains as strong as ever