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UK says it wants to substantially rewrite Northern Ireland Brexit protocol

Brexit secretary warns ‘we cannot go on as we are’, as he publishes blueprint for alternative arrangement

The UK has launched an attempt to substantially rewrite the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol that Boris Johnson signed up to in 2019, arguing “we cannot go on as we are” given the “ongoing febrile political climate” in the region.

But as he unveiled the UK’s blueprint for an alternative, the Brexit secretary stopped short of ripping up the document completely or arguing the time was right to trigger the article 16 provision that enables either the UK or EU to suspend part of the arrangements in extreme circumstances.

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