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UK may shelve controversial Brexit protocol bill in show of goodwill to EU

Negotiators on both sides hopeful they may be able to enter intense ‘tunnel’ phase of negotiations next week

Ministers could shelve proposed legislation to allow the UK to unilaterally rip up some Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland as a sign of goodwill in negotiations with the EU, the Guardian has been told.

EU and UK negotiators are hopeful they may be able to enter the “tunnel” phase of negotiations next week. That phase, which involves intense negotiations with no public comment, is likely to be scheduled after a meeting between the UK foreign secretary, James Cleverly, and the European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič on Monday.

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