September 25, 2022

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Irish PM says Queen’s death is chance to ‘reset’ Britain-Ireland relations

Irish PM says Queen’s death is chance to ‘reset’ Britain-Ireland relations

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the Queen’s death was an opportunity to “reset” relations between Britain and Ireland following bitter disputes over Brexit.

The Prime Minister revealed this in an interview with the BBC.

The Taoiseach, who is due to attend a memorial service for the Queen at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, said Her Majesty’s passing should provide “a time for reflection” and “remind us of the need to proactively nurture relations” between the two countries.

Queen’s death came at a time of heightened political tensions in Stormont and between the UK and Irish governments over post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.

But Mr Martin, in an interview with the BBC, suggested that now may be the time to mend the relationship that has been damaged by the Northern Ireland protocol row.

“I would like to think that Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ireland first, her passing would give us all time to reflect,” Mr Martin said.

“And will remind us of the need to proactively nurture relations between Britain and Ireland to improve them in the times to come.”

“And may this moment give us this opportunity to reflect and reset, in a good way, this relationship.”

The EU’s “bureaucratic” implementation of the protocol – including the imposition of physical customs checks – has been accused by UK ministers of hindering trade between Britain and Northern Ireland.

The DUP has refused to return to a power-sharing administration in Northern Ireland until the protocol, which is part of the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU, is reformed.

New Prime Minister Liz Truss is also threatening to push legislation through Westminster to scrap key elements of the protocol if negotiations with the EU over an overhaul of trade rules continue to stagnate.

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