Northern Ireland Protocol: Lord Mandelson criticises lack of talks

Veröffentlich am: 21.10.2022, 07:59 Uhr
Northern Ireland Protocol: Lord Mandelson criticises lack of talks


The lack of serious negotiation over the Northern Ireland Protocol has been a "terrible dereliction of duty" by the UK government, Lord Mandelson has said.

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The former Northern Ireland secretary said there was no "concrete proposal" to end the impasse over the protocol.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has refused to return to power-sharing until the protocol is "fixed".

The Labour peer urged unionists to give it a chance in order for "normal politics" to return.

The protocol keeps Northern Ireland in the EU's single market for goods, avoiding the need for a hard border with the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.

Special trading arrangements were required for Northern Ireland because of its land border with the Republic of Ireland, which is in the EU.

The DUP and other unionist parties object to trade barriers being erected between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The UK government has been attempting to change the protocol deal it originally agreed with the EU nearly three years ago.

The talks aimed at resolving the row have largely been at a standstill since February but last month the UK and the EU agreed to restart their negotiations.