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Britain, EU pin down Northern Ireland protocol issues -Irish minister

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DUP statement: deputy leader Nigel Dodds says figures from NoI's chief vet show that NI "ports are carrying out two and a half times as many documentary checks as Rotterda". This "points to the sheer lunacy of the Northern Ireland protocol", he says.

The Irish Foreign Minister is in London to try and ease tensions erupting in Northern Ireland over the protocol. Former Brexit Party MEP @benhabib6  argues a border on the island is not only not in breach of the Good Friday Agreement but is a way to stop the problems.

IE On this week's Planet Normal Ray Basset says the UK and Ireland should strike bilateral deal to replace the Northern Ireland Protocol. Join @LiamHalligan  and @allisonpearson  to discuss the latest episode in the comments section of this article at 11am👇

Meetings between the European Union and the U.K. about the Northern Ireland protocol in the Brexit agreement are not expected to yield an immediate breakthrough

UK needs more time to respond to EU's accusations of Northern Ireland protocol breach

Britain has said it will respond to the legal action taken by the EU over the post-Brexit protocol for Northern Ireland by mid-May

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BREAKING: The United Kingdom has asked for more time to respond to the legal action taken by the EU over it’s unilateral decision to ease the requirements of the Northern Ireland Protocol, @rtenews  understands.

Northern Ireland justice minister Naomi Long says “dishonesty” over the Northern Ireland protocol and promises of “unfettered access” by Boris Johnson et al and “denial of borders even as borders being erected” has contributed to loyalist anger. @BBCr4today  (She’s Alliance party)

The European Commission has formally taken legal action against the UK for what it describes as a “deliberate” breach of international law over its unilateral action on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

BREAKING: The EU will take legal action today against the UK over its unilateral move to change the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol, @rtenews  understands.

More fallout on the NI Protocol: The European Parliament has postponed a decision on ratifying the EU UK free trade agreement in protest at the UK’s unilateral move on how the Northern Ireland Protocol should be implemented.

EU sources have expressed concern over the tone of Michael Gove’s letter to his European Commission counterpart on changes the UK is demanding to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster has said the European Union has committed an "incredible act of hostility" after it invoked Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol to place controls on the movement of COVID-19 vaccines

New: EU source says the UK has yet to reply to the European Commission's formal letter of notice, triggering legal action over the UK Internal Market Bill, which breaches the Northern Ireland Protocol. The deadline for a response was Monday Nov 2.

Escalating now... Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “The U.K. must respect the Northern Ireland Protocol as signed with the EU ..If the U.K. violates that international treaty/ undermines GFA ..there will be absolutely no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement passing Congress”.

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BREAKING: the EU believes IT systems and databases for customs checks and controls need to be in place in Northern Ireland by June 1 in order for the Irish Protocol to be properly implemented, according to a nine-page note circulated to member states, and seen by @rtenews 

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