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British PM Rishi Sunak, EU strike deal over trade in Northern Ireland

A government source said Sunak had agreed the terms with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as they met in London

UK PM Rishi Sunak, EU President Ursula von der Leyen
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UK PM Rishi Sunak (right) with EU President Ursula von der Leyen in England

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has struck a new deal on post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland, gambling that the reward of better ties with the European Union is worth any discord it might cause within his own party.

A government source said Sunak had agreed the terms with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as they met in London. 

The agreement marks a high-risk strategy for Sunak who has been looking to secure a compromise and improve relations with Brussels — and the US — without sufficiently angering the wing of his party most wedded to Brexit.

The new agreement is

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First Published: Feb 27 2023 | 10:43 PM IST

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