Brexit: No 10 claims it wants to ‘clarify’ deal to protect Northern Ireland peace process – live news

Downing Street rejects claims it plans to ignore aspects of NI protocol after confirming it is preparing new legislation

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The European commission has said that implementing the Northern Ireland protocol is a “precondition” for a UK-EU trade deal. A commission spokesperson said:

The full implementation of the withdrawal agreement and in particular the protocol on Ireland, and Northern Ireland, are essential. These are legal obligations under international law. This is a matter of trust. This is a prerequisite, a precondition for the negotiations on the future partnership, I think that’s clear.

There are two statements in the Commons this afternoon.

Two oral ministerial statements from 3:30pm:

1. @grantshapps – International travel

2. @kitmalthouse – Birmingham attacks and Extinction Rebellion protests

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