UK, EU strike new Northern Ireland post-Brexit trade deal

The United Kingdom and the European Union have struck a new post-Brexit deal aimed at resolving their long-running trade dispute over Northern Ireland.

The agreement came after high-level talks on Monday in Windsor, England, between British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, EU and UK government sources confirmed.

The deal seeks to resolve tensions caused by the 2020 post-Brexit arrangements governing Northern Ireland, a British province, and its open border with EU member state Ireland.

It remains to be seen, though, whether it will go far enough to end the political deadlock in Northern Ireland and satisfy critics in Britain and the province.

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party has boycotted the region’s power-sharing government until the trade arrangements are substantially changed, shaking its decades-old peace process.

The new agreement is expected to ease physical checks on goods flowing from the remainder of the UK to Northern Ireland, and give the latter’s lawmakers a say over the EU rules it has to implement under the complicated terms of Britain’s exit from the bloc.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, reporting from London, said the deal was in effect “an update” to the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol.



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