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NI protocol: UK and EU agree deal on trade data sharing

Agreement provides real-time information on goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland

The UK and the EU have reached an agreement on access to a new British database providing real-time information on goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, in the first sign of progress in talks over the controversial Brexit protocol.

The foreign secretary, James Cleverly, and the European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, described a meeting in London today as “cordial and constructive” in a joint statement.

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