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Northern Ireland political turmoil

Date: 11 February 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

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.

 

Background

After Brexit, it was decided that a document be created known as Northern Ireland Protocol to trade with Ireland.

 

Details

  • 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.

 

Latest issue

  • 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.