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Ursula von der Leyen: Northern Ireland Protocol is 'only solution' to prevent hard border with Ireland


European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said the Northern Ireland Protocol is the “only solution” to prevent a hard border with the Republic and must be implemented “completely”.

Top European Union officials have vowed to use all available measures to ensure the UK respects the terms of its Brexit agreement with the bloc as tensions rise over trade involving Northern Ireland.

Ms Von der Leyen told reporters that the EU has “shown flexibility, we will show flexibility, but the protocol and the (Brexit) Withdrawal Agreement has to be implemented completely”.

She said the EU is “determined to do everything to keep peace and stability on the island of Ireland. It is important that there is deep respect for the protocol, that we protect it.”

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