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How to make the Northern Ireland Protocol work

Both the UK and the EU must show flexibility

By Anton Spisak  

Agreeing a mutual recognition principle for sensitive UK goods sold in Northern Ireland only is the best way forward. Photo: Radharc Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Few people on either side of the Channel believed Brexit was “done” last December when negotiations concluded with a last-minute deal. But in recent months, Britain and the EU have fallen out with a bitterness exceeding most expectations As both parties prepare for fresh talks this week, tensions are as high as ever.

At the heart of this conflict is Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit status. The “protocol,” which requires checks on goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in order to avoid a hard Irish land border, has been contentious since the start of the new year. But…

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