The UK and EU will announce a Brexit deal on Monday to change the Northern Ireland Protocol so that fewer checks are needed on goods crossing the Irish Sea.

The agreement will also see Northern Ireland’s politicians given a say before any new EU rules are applied to the region.

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen will travel to the UK on Monday for a meeting with Rishi Sunak after months of negotiations between their teams.

The two leaders are expected to confirm they have reached a deal on the Protocol, according to Westminster and EU sources.

The pair said in a joint statement on Sunday afternoon: “Today, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak agreed to continue their work in person towards shared, practical solutions for the range of complex challenges around the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. President von der Leyen will therefore meet with the Prime Minister in the UK tomorrow.”

The Democratic Unionist Party and eurosceptic Conservative MPs are poised to give a verdict on the agreement once they have read it in full as the Prime Minister waits to see whether he has succeeded in convincing Brexiteers he has fixed the problems with the existing arrangements.

The Protocol was devised as a way of avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland by keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s customs territory and single market.

It has led to routine checks on goods which go from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, angering unionists who claim the region is being cut off from the rest of the UK.

The deal is expected to introduce “green lanes” which will allow goods to go unchecked if they are not destined for further export to the EU. But it will not eliminate the role of EU judges in ruling on disputes related to the Protocol, which is a key demand of the European Research group of Tory MPs.

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