G7: Boris Johnson calls for "compromise on all sides" over post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland

Following talks with EU leaders in the margins of the G7 summit on Saturday Boris Johnson called for "compromise on all sides" over post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland, Downing Street said.

Downing Street said the EU leaders had agreed to carry on talking to try "to find a way through" ongoing issues over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Ahead of the G7 the EU had said its patience was "wearing thin".

The disagreement between the UK and the EU is over the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a measure in the Brexit deal which prevents checks on trade across the Irish border.

Some checks are taking place on British goods entering Northern Ireland, causing disruption to food supplies.



A Downing Street spokesman said Mr Johnson had made it clear the UK was committed to finding "practical solutions within the framework of the Northern Ireland Protocol".

The prime minister had "made clear his desire for pragmatism" but had also underlined that protecting the Good Friday Agreement was paramount, Downing Street said.

The spokesman added: "We keep all options on the table."

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "They can be more pragmatic about the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol in a way that is win-win or they can be bloody-minded and purist about it, in which case I am afraid we will not allow the integrity of the UK to be threatened."

The foreign secretary told Sky News that the UK wanted an arrangement to work for all sides but said "the change must come from the commission's side".

Downing Street had indicated the UK would be prepared to unilaterally delay the full implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol to prevent a ban on chilled meats crossing the Irish Sea from Great Britain - with restrictions due to come into force at the end of the month.

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