October 15, 2021

What next for the Northern Ireland Protocol?

The European Union has set out its proposals to change the Northern Ireland Protocol after the Brexit Minister, Lord Frost, announced in Lisbon earlier this week that the UK will trigger Article 16 if changes to the agreement are not made.

The protocol was designed to prevent checks along the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, following Brexit. But since it came into force at the start of 2021, it has prompted disagreements between the UK and EU because it has disrupted trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

IEA Communications and Marketing Assistant, Kieran Neild Ali, sat down with Victoria Hewsonwho is Head of Regulatory Affairs at the IEA, to discuss the Northern Ireland Protocol. They discussed the origins of the Northern Ireland Protocol, the constitutional and economic problems with the agreement and what the future holds for UK-EU relations.

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