Brexit: Lord Frost speaks of 'disappointment' with EU
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The Irish Taoiseach is expected to robustly defend the EU’s policy on renegotiating the Protocol during a Council on Foreign Relations speech. Mr Martin will make the position clear that sensible solutions to some of the outstanding issues within the Protocol can be found within exciting frameworks.
But he will stress that a “positive and constructive future partnership” will be in everyone’s interest including the UK.
The position will not please Boris Johnson, who wants to rewrite the post-Brexit trading arrangements because of trade barriers it has created for goods crossing the Irish Sea from Britain.
But Brussels has rejected the calls, leading to a stand-off where post-Brexit grace periods on goods have repeatedly been extended in order to prevent further shortages.
The protocol was designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland by effectively keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods.
But Mr Johnson has warned that the post-Brexit issues with Northern Ireland “can’t go on forever”.
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8am update: US President expresses opposition to change Irish border arrangements
Joe Biden said he feels “very strongly” that he does not want a change to the “Irish accords” resulting in “a closed border”.
Asked about a UK-US trade deal, the US president told reporters in the Oval Office: “To do with the UK, that’s continuing to be discussed.
“But on the (Northern Ireland) protocols I feel very strongly on those. We spent an enormous amount of time and effort, the United States, it was a major bipartisan effort made.
“And I would not at all like to see, nor I might add would many of my Republican colleagues like to see, a change in the Irish accords, the end result having a closed border in Ireland.”
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