The UK government announced on Tuesday that it would not proceed with legislation relating to trade with Northern Ireland that would have broken the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the European Union earlier this year.

The move was welcomed in the Union, and particularly in Ireland, which remains part of the European bloc.

Whether the latest news from London will lead to a breakthrough in trade talks between the UK and the EU is doubtful, according to many observers, as the same three sticking points remain in place: fisheries, the level playing field, and dispute resolution.

PM Johnson is due to meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the next few days for talks that the UK premier said would be “difficult.’

EC President von der Leyen. Reuters