Are we any further forward on the Northern Ireland Protocol following Boris Johnson’s visit this week to “Royal” Hillsborough?

Probably not, is the answer. All we know is that, in Johnson’s absence, Liz Truss has talked up legislation – we know not what it is, only that it shall be the terror of the EU – that would remove from the Protocol all the provisions Unionists don’t like, leaving it as pale and lifeless as a private members bill on the last afternoon before the summer recess.