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Brexit talks optimistic as UK and EU push for Northern Ireland resolution

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On Sunday, Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab expressed optimism about reaching a deal with the European Union to address post-Brexit trading rules applied to Northern Ireland. He said that he hoped for good news within days, not weeks. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in an interview with the Sunday Times, confirmed that he was doing his best to reach a deal.

As part of the 2020 agreement for leaving the EU, the UK reached an accord with Brussels called the Northern Ireland Protocol to avoid imposing politically contentious checks on the land border with EU member Ireland.

However, the protocol created a border in the Irish Sea for some goods moving from Britain, keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods. This has disrupted trade and the political balance in the region, hindering the formation of a power-sharing government and exposing divisions in Sunak’s own Conservative Party.

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