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Brexit 22-11-2021

EU urges ‘big move’ from Britain to break post-Brexit stalemate

European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič urged Britain on Sunday (21 November) to make a "big move" to break months of deadlock over post-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland that has threatened a trade war.
Brexit 19-11-2021

Time to build on ‘momentum’ on N.Ireland protocol, say EU and UK

EU and UK officials stressed on Friday (19 November) the need to build on new 'momentum' in the talks on the controversial Northern Ireland protocol, after a week in which the threat of a trade war appeared to recede.
Brexit 18-11-2021

EU and UK edge towards N. Ireland protocol deal as rhetoric softens

The UK and the European Union appear to be edging closer to a compromise on the Northern Ireland protocol, after a week of softening rhetoric from both sides.
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Brexit 10-11-2021

UK has no plans to suspend NI protocol, says Frost

UK Brexit minister David Frost played down on Wednesday (10 November) the prospects of London suspending the Northern Ireland protocol in the coming days, saying that it was “not inevitable” that the UK will trigger Article 16 of its Brexit deal with the EU.
Brexit 09-11-2021

Conditions met to suspend Irish protocol, says Unionist leader

The leader of the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland on Monday 8 November hinted that the UK should suspend the Northern Ireland protocol as it undermines the Good Friday peace agreement.
Brexit 01-11-2021

UK vows action if French ‘don’t back down’ in fishing row

Britain warned France on Monday (1 November) it will take action if Paris does not withdraw "unreasonable" threats to impose trade measures in an increasingly acrimonious row over post-Brexit fishing rights.
Brexit 29-10-2021

EU–UK talks make slow progress as UK prepares to suspend protocol

EU–UK talks aimed at overhauling the Northern Ireland Protocol are far from resolved, officials conceded, as the UK prepares for the fallout from suspending it.
Brexit 13-10-2021

Overhauling Irish protocol is ‘prerequisite’ to return to ‘normal’ relations, says UK minister

UK Brexit minister David Frost warned on Tuesday (12 September) that overhauling the Northern Ireland protocol was a “prerequisite” for repairing the current “fractious” relations between the UK and Brussels.
Elections 12-10-2021

Protocol row reopens Unionist fears of another Northern Ireland sell–out

Sell–out, betrayal and sacrifice are all key words in the lexicon of Northern Irish politics for both the nationalist and unionist communities, and those in between. Brexit, and the Northern Ireland protocol, in particular, have brought them back into popular use.
Brexit 11-10-2021

Britain and Ireland argue on Twitter over Brexit deal

Britain and Ireland traded barbs on Twitter on Sunday (10 October) after British Brexit negotiator David Frost restated his view that the EU must agree "significant change" to the Northern Ireland protocol that governs trade and border rules in the province.
Brexit 07-10-2021

EU will go to ‘enormous lengths’ on Irish protocol, says Sefcovic

The European Union will table new proposals for the Northern Ireland Protocol next week, European Commission Vice President Maros Šefčovič said on Thursday (7 October).
Brexit 04-10-2021

UK close to suspending Irish protocol, warns Brexit minister

The UK is moving closer to suspending the Irish protocol, which keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods, in its Brexit agreement, Brexit minister David Frost warned on Monday (4 October).
Brexit 28-09-2021

Unionist parties back joint declaration to scrap Irish protocol

The four main unionist parties in Northern Ireland have formed an alliance to scrap the Irish protocol, agreed by the EU and the UK to maintain a smooth flow of goods on the island, as the UK government steps up its attempts to renegotiate it.
Brexit 07-09-2021

UK extends grace periods on Northern Ireland goods checks, again

The UK and the European Union are again on collision course over the Northern Ireland protocol after Boris Johnson’s government announced on Monday (6 September) that it would again unilaterally extend grace periods on goods checks.
Brexit 06-09-2021

EU-UK protocol row creating ‘cold mistrust’, says Frost

The impasse over the Northern Ireland protocol risks creating a “cold mistrust” in EU–UK relations, the UK’s Brexit minister has said, with grace periods on a range of products weeks away from expiring.
Brexit 27-08-2021

‘We will not let you down’ on Brexit, Macron tells Ireland

Britain and the European Union can sensibly solve issues over Northern Ireland's post-Brexit trading arrangements with the right political will, Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (26 August).
Brexit 23-07-2021

Von der Leyen rejects UK bid to reopen Irish protocol

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (22 July) insisted that the EU would not reopen the controversial Northern Ireland protocol, a key part of the Brexit agreement with the UK, just a day after Boris Johnson’s published a paper setting out its plans to renegotiate it.
Brexit 22-07-2021

EU rejects UK demand for new post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland

Britain demanded on Wednesday (21 July) that the European Union agree to rewrite a deal overseeing problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland just a year after it was agreed with the bloc, a call immediately rejected by Brussels.
Brexit 09-07-2021

UK will set out plans to overhaul Irish protocol in weeks, say ministers

The UK plans to publish new plans aimed at overhauling the Northern Ireland Protocol later this month, ministers said on Thursday (8 July).
Brexit 07-07-2021

EU urges UK to accept Swiss-style deal to end agri-food standoff

The European Union urged London on Tuesday (6 July) to consider a Swiss-style veterinary agreement with Brussels on agri-foods to end a post-Brexit 'sausage war' row over certain goods moving between Britain and its province of Northern Ireland.
Digital & Media 30-06-2021

NGO: Facebook approved ads inciting violence in N Ireland

Non-profit rights group Global Witness says it has revealed major failings in Facebook’s advertising review system, having submitted and had approved by the platform a range of political adverts including sectarian slurs and incitement to violent protest in Northern Ireland.
Brexit 14-06-2021

UK’s sausage row with EU goes from bad to wurst

UK anger with Europe sizzled on Sunday (13 June) after a sausage-themed dispute between the British and French leaders over post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.
Brexit 08-06-2021

War of words intensifies on Northern Ireland Protocol dispute

The war of words between UK and EU officials is continuing ahead of a crunch meeting on the Northern Ireland Protocol, when Brexit Minister David Frost is due to meet European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic in London.
Brexit 24-05-2021

France warns UK not to ‘play’ with Northern Ireland Brexit deal

France's European affairs minister warned Britain not to play games with special post-Brexit trading rules for Northern Ireland, as fears rise of a summer of violence in the province.