Explained: The Northern Ireland Protocol

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The Northern Ireland Protocol will be unilaterally dismantled by the UK government next week after a deadlock in negotiations with the European Union.

Following Sinn Fein’s historic election victory last week, DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson says the party will only return to governing alongside Sinn Fein when the Protocol is scrapped.

What is the Protocol and why has it become such a controversial topic? This is the Northern Ireland Protocol explained.

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