Micheal Martin and Boris Johnson met to discuss the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol is a part of the Brexit Agreement, a trade agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom. Where the NI Protocol focuses on trade between Northern Ireland and the UK and is controlled by customs rules.
As of 2021, Ireland withdrew its cooperation to the Agreements they had with UK and EU. Since they also canceled their “Good Friday” Agreement established in 1998.
Martin is currently in London to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, where there will also be a parade to honor the Irish who helped in London during the pandemic. As European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said a year ago, although they were not united in the Agreement, there was no “rupture” of connections between the countries.
Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), said that if the protocol issues were not sorted out, it would be very difficult for his party to join the Agreement in the future. In February, Paul Givan was Prime Minister of the same party and resigned as a party protest against the protocol.
The mechanism that keeps Northern Ireland within the trade of goods with Europe and which has served to avoid conflicts at the border between these regions has been criticized by locals.
Martin shared on his social media the results of the talk, adding that they also discussed Ukraine and the options they have to help them.
He said he “welcomed the close cooperation between the EU, the UK and our partners in holding Russia to account.”