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From the BBC’s Chris Mason
In Belfast Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, is holding a press briefing following his talks with leaders at Stormont. This is from Sky’s Stephen Murphy.
Brandon Lewis presser: says he’s “the first to acknowledge” the issues with the protocol from the start of the year but says that’s “no excuse” for the violence we’ve seen.
Says he hasn’t met with the Loyalist Council.
“We’ve got to see the Protocol work for the whole of Northern Ireland”- says it doesn’t work if it doesn’t work for any particular community.
Indeed and this is why many criticised the way it was devised by the UK government itself.
Repeatedly says the way through this is via politics
But the problem is the universal view across even party political unionism is that the Protocol needs to go in its entirety (whilst having to implement it as part of the exec)- where do you go from there?