Game of chicken on NI protocol has yet to play itself out

The British government’s brinkmanship in the wake of Brexit, including threats to trigger Article 16, has raised the stakes dramatically on the Northern Ireland protocol, but it is unclear whether there is substance to the sabre-rattling

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
17th October, 2021
Game of chicken on NI protocol has yet to play itself out
Mark Brown, owner of the Arcadia Deli food store in the city. Picture: Pacemaker

In a rented storage space near the Lisburn Road in Belfast, the shelves are already bursting with Christmas boxes, festive ribbons, chutneys and crackers.

Mark Brown, owner of the Arcadia Deli food store in the city, has been ordering in crucial stock for his popular Christmas hampers since the beginning of September, much earlier than normal, due to nervousness over his British suppliers’ ability to deliver on time.

“I have all my packaging in...

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