Boris Johnson backs away from Northern Ireland protocol threat ahead of talks

Boris Johnson backs away from Northern Ireland protocol threat ahead of talks

Boris Johnson will vow not to scrap the Brexit deal governing Northern Ireland and instead back reform that has “the broadest possible cross-community support”, in an attempt to cool tensions over the issue. In a shift in tone before emergency talks in Belfast on Monday, the prime minister will make it clear that he has no intention of scrapping the so-called Northern Ireland protocol, which he claims is causing significant disruption to trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Officials said that Johnson was intending to deliver a “tough message” to the leaders of Northern Ireland’s parties. He will plead with them to “get back to work”, after the Democratic Unionists blocked the election of a speaker at the Stormont Assembly on Friday. The move means the assembly is unable …
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