‘Landing zones’ for NI Protocol deal, says Irish Foreign Secretary
Ireland’s Foreign Secretary has indicated he believes there are “landing zones” for an agreement on post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.
Simon Coveney spoke to British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Friday as negotiations between the UK and EU continue on the Northern Ireland protocol.
Late Friday, Mr Coveney tweeted that it was ‘good to talk’ with Ms Truss.
“Work to be done, but there are landing zones that allow the protocol to be implemented in a way that positively addresses the concerns raised in Northern Ireland.
“Progress on key issues in February is possible if the UK and EU work in partnership.”
Ms Truss also tweeted after the meeting.
She said it was important that all parties “work together constructively to find solutions that solve NI’s problems and protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement”.
The Foreign Secretary this week expressed her determination to reach a deal on the Northern Ireland Protocol that can enjoy universal support in Northern Ireland.
Ms Truss made the comments after meeting business and political leaders in Northern Ireland on Thursday.
She said: “What I want is a deal that works for everyone. We are progressing. We have constructive discussions.
“I want to make meaningful progress by February. It’s important, but it’s important that we get the support of all communities in Northern Ireland, including the Unionist community.”
In recent days, the main unionist party, the DUP, has renewed its warnings that it will withdraw from the devolved institutions of Stormont if major changes to trade agreements on the Irish Sea border are not guaranteed.