Rishi Sunak says not to expect imminent breakthrough in talks to resolve Northern Ireland protocol issues – UK politics live

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Prime minister says he is ‘committed’ to fixing issues but says there is no deadline on talks

Rishi Sunak has insisted householders in Northern Ireland will receive stalled energy support payments before the winter ends as he promised an announcement “very soon”.

Households in the region are waiting on £600 to help pay energy bills amid the cost-of-living crisis, which includes a £400 payment as part of a wider UK-wide support scheme and an additional £200 in recognition of Northern Ireland’s dependence on home heating oil.

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