When will the UK economy be able to open up again? Plus, tension over trade checks in Northern Ireland

This week the UK faced the prospect of the emergence of new coronavirus mutations while surging past 10m vaccinations. Will this progress speed up the relaxation of the lockdown? What timetable is the prime minister working to? Plus, we discuss how Brexit is affecting trade in Northern Ireland and whether the contentious trade protocol will be suspended or improved to ease tensions. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Sarah Neville, Clive Cookson, George Parker and Peter Foster. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh de la Mare. The sound engineer was Breen Turner and the editor Liam Nolan.

Review clips: 10 Downing Street, Parliament TV, BBC Radio Ulster

Further reading:

UK coronavirus quarantine system to start on February 15

Treasury economists work on plan for phased lifting of Covid restrictions

Johnson remains cautious on easing England’s lockdown

Can the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol survive?

Brussels pushes back on UK bid to rewrite Northern Ireland protocol

Johnson threatens to use emergency powers to avoid barrier in Irish Sea

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