Stormont elections loom as dispute over Northern Ireland protocol rumbles on

Retail group says there is no evidence to back the DUP’s claim that protocol is costing the Northern Ireland economy £850 million per year

Jeffrey Donaldson: the DUP leader delivers a speech in Belfast following the resignation of Paul Givan, first minister of the Stormont Assembly. Picture: Press Eye

Early Assembly elections in Northern Ireland remain a possibility, days after the resignation of Paul Givan of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) as first minister triggered a fresh political crisis.

The decision on whether or not to bring the election date forward from May rests with Brandon Lewis, the British secretary of state for Northern Ireland. Lewis described the DUP’s decision to resign the first minister position as “extremely disappointing”, and urged parties to maintain ...