EU rules out making significant changes to NI protocol

Brexit, October 31st

The EU has ruled out making significant changes to the Northern Ireland protocol, ahead of a meeting with UK negotiators today.

European Commission vice-president, Maros Sefcovic, is travelling to London for talks with his opposite number, Michael Gove.

The EU last night said the protocol must be fully implemented and accused the UK of not meeting its obligations under the deal.

Former Taoiseach John Bruton was an EU ambassador to the US - he says the protocol is vital and the checks at ports and airports can't be scrapped: