The new NI protocol negotiated by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to replace the Irish backstop in the latest Brexit withdrawal agreement continues to be met with an unenthusiastic response by the agri-food industry in NI.

Speaking at a House of Lords EU Select Committee this week, Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) President Ivor Ferguson was lukewarm in his assessment. “We could live with it if the alternative is no deal – we prefer it to no deal,” he told members.