With the ongoing threat of the UK triggering Article 16, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has described the concept of the UK committing to such an action as ‘reckless and irresponsible’.
Yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said that evidence suggested that the UK was set to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol while warning that doing so would lead to a trade dispute between the UK and the EU.
Martin stated that if there’s a will, it should lead to what he called a positive conclusion to the negotiations which are currently under way between the UK government and the EU.
Martin said that the main focus should be the relationship between the UK and the EU and the relationship between the UK and Ireland while adding that nothing should be done unilaterally to endanger those relationships.
When asked what contingencies the Government is making to prepare for a trade war, Martin stated, “Let’s take it one step at a time, as I said the immediate focus is on the negotiations between the EU and the UK.”
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