The British government dramatically escalated a fight with the European Union by saying it will pass a law to change the trade treaty signed by the two sides less than two years ago.
EU's envoy to Britain said the bloc was ready to restart talks on the protocol after a pause for the elections but would not overhaul the arrangement that is central to post-Brexit trading rules.
The victory means Sinn Fein is entitled to the post of first minister in Belfast — a first for an Irish nationalist party since Northern Ireland was founded as a Protestant-majority state in 1921.
Sinn Fein looks set to become the first Irish nationalist party to win the most seats in Northern Ireland, as UK PM Boris Johnson faces a pivotal mid-term popularity test.
Relatives are still searching for justice for the 14 civil rights marchers, who were killed by British soldiers on one of the defining days of the Northern Ireland conflict.
Under Article 16, the United Kingdom and the EU can unilaterally decide to stop implementing parts of the protocol governing trade with the Northern Ireland if there are substantial practical problems or trade diversion.
European Union offered to reduce customs checks and paperwork on British products intended for Northern Ireland in the hope of averting a new Brexit-related spat.
Europe's bitter dispute with Britain over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland are expected to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's G7 summit.
The meeting came at the start of Biden's first foreign tour as president that includes NATO, the EU and talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin.
Long ignored by politicians in London, violence in one of Britain's most combustible regions rears its head and endangers a fragile peace.
EU objects to Britain unilaterally extending a grace period beyond April 1 for trade checks on goods the UK sends to Northern Ireland, which under Brexit is subject to the bloc’s trade regulations.
The EU also abruptly reversed course on a plan to use emergency Brexit measures to restrict exports of vaccines through the Irish border to the United Kingdom after it sent shockwaves through Belfast, London and Dublin.
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