UK and EU Reach Deal on Northern Ireland Protocol

Impasse has been broken After

The impasse over the Northern Ireland protocol has been broken after the UK and EU reached a deal on Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trade rules.

The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen finalised the details at a meeting in London this lunchtime.

It comes 2,441 days since the UK voted to leave the European Union and more than 160 weeks since Brexit came into legal effect.

The details of the negotiations between the bloc and the UK government have been kept strictly under wraps but should be revealed later today.

Mr Sunak put the deal to his cabinet this afternoon; however, a vote by MPs in the Commons is not expected until later in the week.

Mr Sunak is hopeful the deal will win the approval of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) so power-sharing can be restored in Northern Ireland.

DUP support is also viewed as key to convincing Tory Brexiteers to back the deal.

The DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said: “We’ll take our time to consider the detail and measure a deal against our seven tests.”

Kieran Cuddihy is joined by Ben Lowry (Editor of The Belfast Newsletter) and Neale Richmond (Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment) to discuss the breakthrough.

Credit to : Newstalk