Northern Ireland’s Divisive Protocol Might Just Help the Economy

July 28, 2021, 11:01 PM

No aspect of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union has caused more political fury and even violence than the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol. Less frequently heard is that many businesses see it as a competitive advantage that could boost jobs and growth.

That idea is buried in a U.K. House of Lords report published Thursday, which otherwise delivers a scathing judgment on the roles that both the British government and European Union have played in the protocol’s troubled implementation.

The agreement creates a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. for goods considered “at risk” ...

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