If Sunak reaches a deal on the Northern Ireland Protocol, he will need it endorsed by DUP politicians with whom he has almost nothing in common.
A solution that addresses unionist concerns and wins back cross-community consensus for any new governance framework is the only way to achieve the aims of the Protocol that the EU and UK signed up for in the first place
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The negative economic and political real-world consequences of implementing the Protocol cannot be what either intended.
If he cannot or will not convince them that its guarantees of their British status are real and meaningful, its days are numbered.
Martin says “the Commission took the wrong mechanism in invoking Article 16 and the Protocol to deal with it”.
The former Prime Minister adds that it was “unacceptable” to have undermined the Good Friday Agreement.
Both the Prime Minister and his predecessor have failed to challenge the green-tinted vision of the treaty offered up by Dublin and its outriders.
How plausible is it that the UK would zealously enforce EU rules in a scenario in which trade agreement talks have broken down acrimoniously?
The Commission which drew up the report will publish alongside it next month a Draft Alternative Arrangements Protocol.
Under international law, it can only be a temporary arrangement – and this must be put in explicit, legally binding, terms.