Rishi Sunak Strikes Post-Brexit Northern Ireland Deal with EU

1 March 2023 01:52

U.K Prime Minister Rishi Sunak traveled to Belfast on Tuesday to sell his landmark agreement with the European Union to its toughest audience: unionist politicians who fear post-Brexit trade rules are weakening Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom.

The U.K. and the 27 Nation EU announced on Monday that they had struck a deal to resolve a dispute over Northern Ireland trade that has vexed relations since The U.K. left the bloc in 2020.

The agreement will ease customs checks and other hurdles for goods moving to Northern Ireland from the rest of The U.K that were imposed after Brexit to maintain an open border between the north and its EU neighbor the Republic of Ireland.

But Northern Ireland's British Unionist Politicians have yet to give it their blessing. Their support is key to restoring Northern Ireland's semi-autonomous government which has been toppled by the trade feud leaving 1,9 million people without a functioning administration.