Government scrambles to contain fallout from Brussels’ border blunder

Simon Coveney says the Northern Ireland protocol has been damaged by controversy

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
31st January, 2021
Government scrambles to contain fallout from Brussels’ border blunder
Simon Coveney took part in a frantic round of phone calls with the European Commission and the British government on Friday night. Picture: RollingNews

The Northern Ireland protocol has been damaged by the European Commission’s botched attempt to impose controls on vaccines crossing the Irish border, Simon Coveney has said.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs also told the Business Post that he was confident the British government would not act on fresh calls by Arlene Foster, the DUP leader, to enact article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol over issues affecting trade with Britain since Brexit.

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