Northern Ireland election sets stage for more protocol brinkmanship

Europe Letter: Spoils of northern elections claimed by every facet of post-Brexit debate

British prime minister Boris Johnson  with  European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph:   Aaron Chown/AFP/Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Aaron Chown/AFP/Getty

The result of Northern Ireland’s election has given each side in the disagreement over its post-Brexit arrangements an argument in support of their case.

The European Union can accurately point to the fact that a majority of the electorate backed candidates who favour making the protocol work, rather than getting rid of it.

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