Northern Ireland

Bordering on the insurmountable: NI protocol hangs in the balance

Tensions rise as many believe legislation being prepared by Britain to unilaterally scrap parts of the Northern Ireland protocol will cause more problems than it solves

British foreign secretary Liz Truss: Boris Johnson was reportedly angry over her alleged attempt to toughen up the draft legislation on the protocol, due to nervousness within cabinet over the implications. Picture: PA Wire

“Please don’t go there,” was the message Simon Coveney told reporters that he wanted to send to the British government last week.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs was referring to a bill which will reportedly pave the way for the British government to unilaterally scrap parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, an agreement which governs trade between Britain and Northern Ireland post-Brexit.

The bill was meant to have been published at the end of last ...