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Brexit: Have Sunak and von der Leyen solved the Northern Ireland problem?

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After years of dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak seems to have succeeded where his predecessors had failed: with pragmatism and skill he negotiated a compromise that both the UK and the EU can live with – right? The kingdom breathes a sigh of relief.

For a week now, the kingdom seemed to have landed in a remake of “Groundhog Day”: It was again about Brexit and Northern Ireland and borders in the Irish Sea or elsewhere. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and EU President Ursula von der Leyen negotiated behind closed doors for days. The Protestant members of Northern Ireland’s DUP party nervously announced their skepticism as a precaution. And to make matters worse, a certain Boris Johnson was trying to stir up sentiment against his successor Sunak and the deal he had worked out, whatever the outcome.

Source: Stern

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