Dáil debates

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation

 

12:50 pm

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)

I thank the Deputy. I can understand the concern with regard to this issue. Secretary of State Truss and Vice President Šefčovič had a telephone call this morning. We will get a detailed read-out from that telephone call later today. Clearly, what the British Government has now said is that it intends to move ahead with domestic legislation of its own if it does not see the compromises it is demanding in the context of the protocol. That is deeply unhelpful and has gone down very badly across the European Union. It has ratcheted up tension between the UK and the EU at a time when we do not need it in context of the bigger issues we are trying to deal with together, in partnership, in respect of Ukraine.

Our message is simple. We want partnership, dialogue and negotiation. We believe there is a landing zone that can deal with legitimate issues that have been raised regarding the implementation of the protocol by the unionist community and business community in Northern Ireland, representatives of both I met yesterday in Belfast. We will continue to maintain that position in dialogue with the British Government.

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