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The UK and the European Union remain at a standstill over the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol despite the Brexit trade deal being formally approved by MEPs last week. Negotiators are hoping to fine-tune the protocol and ensure goods can travel with limited checks via Belfast. The controversial mechanism was created to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland and ties Northern Ireland to the EU customs union and single market.

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The protocol has been provisionally used since January and resulted in some disruption to trade flowing via Belfast.

The UK Government took unilateral action to extend grace periods and relaxed customs checks on products until October.

The EU argue the protocol should be implemented in full and have triggered legal action.

Brexiteer and former foreign policy adviser Ben Harris-Quinney has called for the Northern Ireland Protocol to be replaced by a niche piece of legislation already used by the EU.

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The Chairman of the Bow Group think-tank has advocated the use of Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The mechanism recognises the specific constraints of ‘outermost regions’ and take into account specific and economic needs of the country.

The Article is used in nine territories around the world – including the far more complex Canary Islands.

Mr Harris-Quinney said the legislation would move the de facto trade border between Northern Ireland and the rest of Great Britain, to Ireland and Europe.

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He told Express.co.uk: “The Bow Group has long advocated for the use of the EU's Article 349 for governance of trade in Ireland.

“The natural border for Ireland is between the EU and Ireland, not Ireland and

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