Explained: The Northern Ireland Protocol

After a deadlock with negotiations with the European Union, the UK government is expected to unilaterally end the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Following Sinn Fein’s historic election victory last week, DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson says the party will only return to govern alongside Sinn Fein when the Protocol is removed.

What is the Protocol? And why has it become so contentious? This is the Northern Ireland Protocol explained.