Like businesses across Yorkshire, it is still coming to terms with the impact of Boris Johnson’s deal with the EU on trade and is worried by the strength of safeguards to protect food and farming.
But the consequences of this, and border arrangements with the Republic of Ireland, have, inevitably, led to renewed tensions as Sir Jeffrey Donaldson becomes the third leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in less than a month.
And if the collapse of the Stormont Assembly, in which the DUP share power with Sinn Fein, is to be avoided ahead of pivotal elections next May which have the potential to define the future of Northern Ireland and Britain, it will require far more dexterity from Boris Johnson.
He’s been largely ambivalent to the political crisis at Stormont since dismissing the concerns that two of his predecessors, Sir John Major and Tony Blair, raised in the 2016 referendum campaign during a joint visit to Londonderry about the threat to the hard-won Good Friday Agreement.
Both premiers invested time and political capital in Northern Ireland to secure a peace. Gordon Brown then worked to safeguard it, even at the height of the global financial crash, because he realised that this was his duty. The question now is whether Mr Johnson intends to apply himself in a similar way – or simply leave matters, including the growing possibility of an united Ireland, to chance.
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