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  • Writer's pictureGreg O'Loughlin

Breaking News: London and Brussels Reach Agreement

The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have reached an agreement on the implementation of the Irish Protocol.

Over a year ago the largest Pro-British Unionist party, the DUP, crashed the government in the North and refused its re-establishment. This was an attempt to influence the discussions between the British and the EU.

Today the EU and the British unveiled a new agreement, “The Windsor Framework”. The details of this have yet to be made public.

The negotiations are done. An agreement has been concluded.

It is now time for the DUP to end their holdout and join the majority who want the government up and running.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said, "It is welcome news that negotiations have concluded. We will meet tonight to assess the deal. Protection of the Good Friday Agreement, no hardening of the border, and access to the EU market are key elements of any deal. There is a real urgency to get the Northern Executive up and running."

First Minister (Designate) Sinn Féin Vice President Michele O'Neill said, "I welcome today’s breakthrough by London and Brussels to successfully secure agreement. We are at a critical turning point. The economic possibilities this opens up must now be seized. The onus is on the DUP to end its boycott & now join the rest of us to make politics work."

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