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Speaking on Thursday, Jane Hartley, the US ambassador to the UK, called for further negotiations to find a way to make the Northern Ireland Protocol work, with critics in the Unionist community arguing it has resulted in a border down the Irish Sea, driving a wedge between themselves and the rest of the UK.

Ms Hartley referred to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement of 1998, just days after the death of one of its key architects, Lord Trimble, formerly DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister.

She told Times Radio: “What we’re saying is please have conversations and get this dialogue going again.

“There has to be a way that both sides can come to some agreement, you know, and negotiation and negotiation, everybody always has to give a little.

“But this is an important time. The Good Friday Agreement, it will be 25 years in April. We want what we see up there – the peace, prosperity and security – to continue.

“What we would urge is, please, this is not, we’re not part of this negotiation, but we would urge please sit down, sit down privately, and let’s see if there’s a way to make this work for both sides.”