Northern Ireland

Analysis: Baker apology a clear sign the British government wants to end the NI protocol debacle

With a litany of other issues facing Liz Truss’ government at home, it is perhaps unsurprising that Steve Baker’s apology has signalled a new direction on the protocol.

Steve Baker is the British government’s Minister of State for Northern Ireland. Picture: Getty

What happens when you do a U-turn while firmly “staying the course”? Most ordinary people would end up in the emergency department with a twisted spine, but today’s British government is anything but ordinary.

The world was given a front row seat to such political acrobatics at the weekend during the British Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, as the Tories pirouetted on the spot, maintaining unblinking eye contact as they reversed position on their mini-budget ...