Brexit latest news LIVE – Government rejects claims of declining UK exports to EU as tensions grow in Northern Ireland

THE government has defended itself against claims Brexit is having an adverse effect on British product exports to the EU.

It comes after a survey international freight drivers found the volume of exports travelling from British ports to the EU fell 68% last month.

“We don’t recognise these figures at all,” said a Cabinet Office spokesperson to The Observer, adding: “We know there are some specific issues and we are working with businesses to resolve them.”

It comes as backlash against the Northern Ireland Protocol, spearheaded by unionists, begins to grow.

Two men have been arrested in Larne on suspicion of painting graffiti condemning Irish Sea border checks.

Slogans were painted at various locations in the town on Saturday, one stating “Larne says no to Irish Sea Border”.

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