Northern Ireland Protocol
Michael Brennan: As protocol row heats up, oldest and deepest fears revived
The dispute over Britain’s latest moves to nullify the protocol represents a huge and unwelcome difficulty for those trying to strengthen cross-community relations in Northern Ireland
“GFA RIP” was the slogan daubed on the walls of the 16-storey tower block in Larne when the operation of the Northern Ireland protocol became a political flashpoint.
The working-class loyalist town on the east coast of Antrim has become symbolic of the tensions being created by the protocol, 24 years on from the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. The protocol is designed to allow the North to stay in both the EU’s single ...