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Despite the issues surrounding the protocol since the turn of the year, the EU has refused to take a more flexible approach on animal health standards and food safety checks.
UK officials had hoped to pressure the EU into agreeing a more risk-based approach to checks on food and animals but Brussels feared any change would jeopardise the bloc’s rules.
Brussels, however, wants the UK to align more itself in order to ease the number of checks occurring in Northern Ireland.
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