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Thursday, December 2, 2021

UK’s lack of compromise on NI Protocol is ‘deeply disappointing’ – Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the United Kingdom’s lack of compromise on the Northern Ireland Protocol is “deeply disappointing”.

The comments come as Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the UK’s Michael Gove both said progress on the NI Protocol is possible.

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Coveney said that people in Northern Ireland are supportive of the Protocol and that a long-term solution can be found.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he believes Boris Johnson is frustrated with the operation of the Protocol.

Martin said: “What has always struck me is this basic fundamental truism – that a strong relationship between the Irish government and the British government is essential to underpin the Good Friday Agreement framework.”

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“Working in partnership with all the parties in Northern Ireland is the fulcrum, it’s the anchor that underpins better relations into the future, all-round, and particularly the three sets of relationships that go to the heart of the issue, the British-Irish relationship, the north-south, and the different traditions on the island of Ireland.”

“And in that context, then, I work very hard to develop good strong relationships with the British government and with Boris Johnson, and I have a strong personal relationship with Boris Johnson.”

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