Deirdre Heenan: The protocol is the only real option, despite Britain’s fantasy protests
In his latest objection to the Brexit workaround for Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson is struggling to come to terms with the hard divorce from the EU which he so relentlessly pursued
There was considerable media speculation last week that the British government was planning to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol, which allows Britain or the EU to suspend part of the arrangements in extreme circumstances.
Boris Johnson may have stopped short of this dramatic step, but David Frost, his Brexit secretary, stated that it was clear that the “circumstances existed to justify the use of Article 16”, even if it was “not the right...
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Deirdre Heenan: Plenty of fury and bluster, but nothing new from Donaldson
The DUP leader’s call to bring down the North’s institutions over the Northern Ireland protocol looks like a desperate and not very credible threat to address dwindling support for his party
Donaldson threatens to collapse Stormont executive over NI protocol
The DUP leader also said his party would be withdrawing “immediately” from the North-South ministerial forums that were set up as part of the Good Friday Agreement
Deirdre Heenan: Donaldson leading from a distance rather than from the front
The DUP leader’s appointment as trade envoy to Cameroon is at odds with his declared intention to return to Stormont as soon as possible
Deirdre Heenan: ‘Ordinary soldier’ Beattie must lead UUP into battle with DUP
The new Ulster Unionist Party leader needs to carve out a position that is more than DUP-lite for the party to have relevance