UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen struck a deal over the Northern Ireland Protocol earlier today at Windsor.
The prime minister described the new agreement as a “decisive breakthrough” during a joint press conference where he revealed details of the new Windsor framework.
He stated that the new agreement would allow for smooth-flowing trade throughout the United Kingdom, protect Northern Ireland’s place in the union, and safeguard sovereignty for the people of Northern Ireland.
This comes after former Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster criticized the Tories for involving the King in the Brexit talks, calling them “tone deaf.” She could not believe that Downing Street involved Charles III in the controversial new deal when he was set to meet Ursula von der Leyen at Windsor.
Eurosceptic Tory MPs had warned Sunak that they would revolt if he failed to meet their demands.
Boris Johnson, the former Tory PM, also faced opposition from rebels when he signed the protocol in 2020 to prevent a hard border with Ireland.