Extending the grace period for the Northern Ireland protocol would be ‘very problematic’ – Taoiseach
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said there were channels to resolve issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol, although a new grace period would be “very problematic”.
he dispute between the EU and the UK recently escalated after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would do everything in his power to keep goods flowing between Britain and the UK. ‘North Ireland.
“I have spoken to some of our friends here today, who do not seem to understand that the UK is one country, one territory. I just need to put that in their heads, ”Mr Johnson said at a G7 meeting yesterday.
“I think we can fix the problem, but… it is up to our friends and partners in the EU to understand that we will do whatever it takes.”
However, speaking today on Sky News today, Mr Martin said there was room for progress on the matter.
“I think the British government has no illusions about where the EU comes from in relation to the protocol,” he said.
“But the European Union is willing and very committed to working to find solutions to the issues that have been raised regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol. And in my opinion, the channels exist to solve this problem.
“In particular, the Šefčovič / Frost process should be fully explored and optimized to get agreement. And I think the outlook in my opinion, if there is a will on both sides – and there is a will on the EU side, I know that. I detect it from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The UK government is eager to get this resolved. So I think we should work on it.
Le Taoiseach said the focus should be on problem solving rather than politics, and that we need to “go beyond where we are”.
“I think based on my understanding of many of the technical issues that have been discussed, progress can be made on many of the issues,” he said.
“I think the US administration’s comments released last week are also interesting, as they address an important issue that would concern the UK government, namely the ability to strike a trade deal with the US . While also having an SPS agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
“In my opinion, this is a legitimate problem for the UK government. But in our opinion, an SPS agreement would solve up to 80% of all these issues. And I think it’s an award that certainly deserves to be explored in the fullest possible way.
Finally, he added: “We believe in flawless trade on the island of Ireland – it makes sense. We believe in as smooth trade as possible between the UK and Northern Ireland. “