Boris Johnson news – live: UK threatens to ditch NI protocol as Stormont talks begin


Namita Singh and Tom Batchelor

Mon, 9 May 2022, 8:49 am

Boris Johnson’s government has threatened to rip up the Northern Ireland protocol unless the EU agrees to back down amid heightened diplomatic tensions over the impact of post-Brexit trade rules.

The Independent understands that foreign secretary Liz Truss is pushing for unilateral action unless Brussels agrees to remove checks on goods at the border.

Meanwhile, Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary has suggested the government was ready to “do what we need to do” to override the protocol.

On the prospect of legislation to override the protocol, Mr Lewis added: “We’ve always said we take nothing off the table, and that hasn’t changed. We will do what we need to do … There is a point we will have to make some decisions.”

It comes as Mr Lewis will meet the leaders of the main parties at Stormont later on Monday to press for the return of devolved government, with Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill in line to become the first nationalist or republican first minister after Thursday’s election. The Stormont Executive has been unable to fully function since February.

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