Dublin welcomes Northern Ireland protocol agreement

British Cabinet Minister Michael Gove and European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič

Ireland’s government welcomed agreement in principle on Tuesday between Britain and the European Union on how the post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol will implement checks, regulations and paperwork in the region.

On Tuesday, British Cabinet Minister Michael Gove and European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said they had reached an agreement on how trade to and from Northern Ireland would work, whether or not there is an overarching UK-EU trade deal. And both sides held out hope for a broad agreement.

The protocol agreed as part of last year’s divorce accord to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the EU’s Republic of Ireland keeps the British-run region, in effect, in the EU’s customs union and single market for goods after 31 December when the rest of the United Kingdom leaves fully.

“Good progress! Will finally provide some certainty on implementation of Brexit Protocol in Northern Ireland. Practical cooperation and flexibility has been agreed to make it as manageable as possible for people and businesses,” Simon Coveney said on Twitter.

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