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“Northern Ireland Protocol” tension in the middle of the EU and the UK

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The bill largely abolishes the requirement for customs clearance of goods destined for Northern Ireland from England, Wales and Scotland, which make up the United Kingdom.

According to the draft text, goods that will remain in Northern Ireland can be transported without the need for customs inspection. But goods going to the EU via the Republic of Ireland will be subject to customs.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss argued that she would support political stability in Northern Ireland.

The EU Board has declared it unrealistic to renegotiate the Irish Protocol. It was noted that a proportional reaction will be given to the unilateral action of England.

With the end of the transition process that started after the Brexit, Britain’s historical association with the European Union (EU) for nearly 50 years ended in 2021.


As part of the Brexit Agreement, the protocol regulates trade between Northern Ireland, the module of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, an EU member.

According to the protocol, despite Brexit, Northern Ireland continues to be subject to the EU’s Customs Union rules.

Trade with the rest of the UK is subject to customs at the ports of Northern Ireland.

According to the Belfast Agreement, which ended the war between Catholic separatists and Protestants who were pro-union with England, a physical land end cannot be created where inspections can be made.

That’s why the British government has been demanding changes for a long time, even though it was decided to carry out the inspections only at sea.

In addition, the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland also wants the protocol to be canceled or at least changed.

In order to put pressure on London, the party is preventing the creation of a new administration in Northern Ireland after the local elections in May.

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