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The introduction of the Northern Ireland Protocol has been “administratively extremely challenging”, the European Commission’s vice president has acknowledged.

Maros Sefcovic was speaking to the Irish Parliament’s EU Affairs Committee.

He said despite the difficulties, the protocol remains the “only solution” to the issues Brexit presents for Ireland.

He added he will meet Northern Ireland business and civic leaders on Thursday.

The Northern Ireland Protocol is the part of the Brexit deal which prevents a hardening of the land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

It does that by keeping Northern

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