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Dublin and EU reject call to scrap Northern Ireland Brexit protocol

Ireland’s foreign minister dismisses request by DUP in escalating row over trade barriers in Irish Sea

The Brexit agreement’s Northern Ireland protocol will not be scrapped, the Irish government and the EU have said in an escalating row over the new trade barriers down the Irish Sea.

The Democratic Unionist party leader, Arlene Foster, has called for the measure designed to keep the Irish land border open to be replaced, but Dublin is focused on easing problems with the post-Brexit trade deal that have caused disruption at Irish ports.

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