Dreary steeples of North protocol set to emerge again after summer news stories subside

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UK Brexit minister David Frost looks on as prime minister Boris Johnson signs the Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the UK and the EU, the Brexit trade deal, at 10 Downing Street in December 2020. Photograph: Leon Neal/Pool/AFP via Getty

UK Brexit minister David Frost looks on as prime minister Boris Johnson signs the Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the UK and the EU, the Brexit trade deal, at 10 Downing Street in December 2020. Photograph: Leon Neal/Pool/AFP via Getty

As MPs prepare to return to Westminster next week, they are preoccupied with the fallout from the western powers’ withdrawal from Afghanistan and fears of a resurgence in coronavirus as schools reopen.

But as the deluge of summer news stories subsides they will see emerging once again the dreary steeples of the Northern Ireland protocol and UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s attempt to wriggle out of it.

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