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UK and EU need to ‘knuckle down’ and resolve dispute over NI Protocol – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has urged the UK and EU to resolve the dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

UK Brexit Minister David Frost will hold talks with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic, with the UK still warning they could trigger Article 16.

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In a BBC interview, Martin warned the UK against triggering Article 16, a move that would suspend parts of the arrangements.

Martin said: “Where there is a will, there is a way, and I think both sides just need to knuckle down and get it resolved”.

Negotiations on the Brexit trade deal went on until December 24th last year, so the Taoiseach said “don’t leave it until Christmas Eve this year.”

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Asked if he could trust UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Martin replied: “I get on well with Boris Johnson on a personal level.”

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach” by House of the Oireachtas (CCBY2.0)

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