The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has struck a post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol deal with European Union.
Sunak met with the EU chief Ursula von der Leyen where an agreement was reached to ease the trading issues over the NI Protocol.
A government source told the PA news agency, “An agreement has been reached. The deal is done.”
Sunak is now hoping that the he will win the approval of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) over the deal so that power sharing can then be restored to get Stormont up and running once again.
Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg told GB News, “It will all depend on the DUP. If the DUP are against it, I think there will be quite a significant number of Conservatives who are unhappy.”
Arch-Brexiteer Steve Baker, the Northern Ireland Office minister said that he supports the Prime Minister.
He told broadcasters, “I can only say this: that the Prime Minister is on the cusp of securing a really fantastic result for everyone involved.”
However, Baroness Arlene Foster, the former DUP leader and ex-first minister of Northern Ireland said that this is “crass and will go down very badly” with the unionists that the Prime Minister is attempting to win over.
Conservative Eurosceptic Theresa Villiers told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “I can’t conceive of circumstances where something as significant as this could be finally agreed and implemented without MPs voting on it in Parliament.”
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