Newton Emerson: Unionist acceptance of NI protocol very close

Big group of soft-unionist protocol pragmatists exist – in other words, people like me

‘Protocol pragmatism is the only sustainable common ground for everyone on this island.’

‘Protocol pragmatism is the only sustainable common ground for everyone on this island.’

Only one in eight unionists say the Northern Ireland protocol is the most important political issue to them. Four in 10 would accept the European Union’s recent offer of sea border mitigations “and move on”, while only one-third would reject it.

These are among the findings of a survey commissioned by Liverpool University, conducted by Social Market Research and published last week.

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