Northern Ireland political turmoilDate: 11 February 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
As a protest against post-Brexit trade rules, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Paul Givan resigned. This was after some checks were done on goods arriving from Britain.
After Brexit, it was decided that a document be created known as Northern Ireland Protocol to trade with Ireland.
The protocol was aimed to reduce border checks between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.
The protocol has created a border in the Irish Sea for goods moving to the province from Britain as it kept Northern Ireland as part of EU’s single market for goods.
The new rules will come into force in upcoming days and will be applicable to only agricultural and food goods.
Talks on protocol
Talks between Britain and European Union have been going on since many days. EU has agreed to cut customs paperwork and checks on food products by 80%.
Britain has been complaining about an unfavorable deal and wants to make changes. EU has however warned against unilateral rules.
The ruling party alliance led by pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), has been threatening to collapse power-sharing agreement that helped restore peace in 1998.
The party has lost support to hardcore unionists and is seen struggling in opinion polls. Rivals have accused it of poll stunt.