Brexit LIVE: Boris makes stunning admission about chance of new deal in private meeting

Northern Ireland protocol is a 'complete turkey' says Foster

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said Mr Johnson could not guarantee the UK would take unilateral action if Brexit negotiations over the Northern Ireland Protocol failed. The DUP leader also warned Foreign Secretary Liz Truss the clock is ticking. He said he needed to see progress in talks by 31 January, further extending deadlines he had set in September and October.

Sir Jeffrey told BBC Radio Ulster’s Good Morning Ulster: “I met with the prime minister last week, I asked the prime minister two straight questions.

“I asked him what he thought were the prospects of agreement being reached with the EU on the protocol within the next few weeks.

“His answer was ‘20 to 30 percent chance of agreement’.

“I then asked the prime minister for a clear commitment that in the absence of an agreement with the EU, the UK government would do what they said in their command paper last July … and take unilateral action … the prime minister could not give me that commitment in those circumstances.”


EU slammed for dragging talks into ‘trench warfare’ over hated Brexit deal

British officials have been frustrated by the bloc’s unwillingness to consider new ideas to end the hated Northern Ireland protocol deadlock.

A source told The Telegraph that this unease has grown with the “provocative” statements from EU lead Brexit negotiator Maros Sefocvic.

They told the publication: “Their intervention risks taking us back to trench warfare.”

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