Paris and Dublin see “window” to settle trade disputes with London after Brexit

The head of the Irish government, received for lunch in the Elysée, “thanked the president for France’s unwavering solidarity with Ireland throughout Brexit”said his favors in this text. “Both leaders agreed on the importance of an important new partnership with the UK and believe that there is currently a critical window of opportunity to resolve protocol issues.”they add.

Micheal Martin had met the new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on November 10, who had indicated his desire to end these disputes.

The British province of Northern Ireland is plunged into a political deadlock. At the heart of the disagreements is the Northern Ireland Protocol, which was negotiated at the time of Britain’s exit from the EU.

Northern Ireland has Britain’s only land border with the EU, but it must remain open under the 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of violence.

The protocol thus maintains Northern Ireland within the single European market, but therefore creates a de facto customs border with the island of Great Britain, unacceptable to the unionists in Northern Ireland who are attached to the anchoring of the province in Great Britain.

According to the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron and Micheal Martin have also done so “acknowledged the progress of the electrical interconnection project” which will connect the two countries from 2026.

“This major achievement will contribute to our joint efforts for resilience in energy matters and to our goal of an independent and carbon-free electricity Europe”estimated the Elysée, emphasizing the convergence of views also in support of Ukraine.

They decided that too “to work on a single Franco-Irish train and ferry ticket by summer 2023” to give young people in particular the opportunity to “to travel between our two countries thanks to an ecological, simple and reasonably priced device”according to the French press release.


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