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Both the UK government and the EU must re-negotiate the Brexit deal because the Northern Ireland Protocol has not worked, the DUP leader has said.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson was speaking after a virtual meeting with European Commission Vice-President Maros Šefčovič.

“My message was simple. The protocol has not worked,” he said.

The Northern Ireland Protocol was agreed by the UK and EU to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

It does this by keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods.

Unionists claim it undermines Northern Ireland’s place in the UK.