Podcasts 2 February 2021 Podcast: Why the EU Article 16 debacle sets a dangerous precedent for the UK A bungled attempt to trigger the “nuclear option” over Covid vaccines proves the EU misunderstands Irish border issues. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up The European Commission has rowed back on their “hugely inflammatory” attempt to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol, after outcry from the British and Irish governments. The fact that it was even suggested in the first place exposes a misunderstanding of the Irish border on the part of the EU, and sets a dangerous precedent. On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss why the decision to invoke the clause was made, and what its implications are. Then, in You Ask Us, they answer your questions on whether a nominally left-wing party can ever justify a closed border policy. Listen here: You can listen and subscribe to the New Statesman podcast on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Acast and more. Send us your questions for future episodes at youaskus.co.uk. Further reading: Stephen writes that the EU doesn't understand the Irish border any better than the Brexiteers do. Ailbhe argues that by attempting to trigger Article 16, the EU has lost the moral high ground. Anoosh has been following the cladding crisis, and reports here on the millions of people stuck in unsafe homes as a result. If you're in the mood for more audio from the New Statesman, listen to World Review, a weekly global affairs podcast from our international editor Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and our US editor Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC. › Why threats to staff at the Irish Sea border are reprehensible, but entirely foreseeable Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!