Post on 22 February 2023

NI Protocol deal by no means done, says Rishi Sunak

The UK government is preparing to announce a new agreement on the post-Brexit trading rules for Northern Ireland early next week.

But speaking at a summit in Germany on Saturday, Mr Sunak said there were still “challenges to work through”.

He added: “There isn’t a deal that has been done – there is an understanding of what needs to be done.”

Some government insiders expect a debate and a vote in the House of Commons next week.

Tuesday is seen as the most likely day, although the plans are said to remain “fluid”.

‘Very good progress’

For more than a year UK and EU negotiators have been attempting to strike a deal on changes to the controversial trade arrangement.

The prime minister held talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Munich on Saturday in an effort to secure that agreement.

Afterwards Downing Street said it was a “positive discussion” and there had been “very good progress to find solutions”.

“Intensive work in the coming days is still needed at official and ministerial levels,” said No 10.

Source: BBC.

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