Ireland urges the new Leader of UK to repair relations

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Ireland has urged whoever succeeds Boris Johnson to abandon unilateral action on post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland and to repair strained bilateral relations.

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Micheal Martin – Ireland PM

“While Prime Minister Johnson and I worked actively together, we did not always agree, and our relationship has been strained and challenged in recent times,” Taoiseach Micheál Martin said in a statement.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, a frontrunner to succeed Johnson, has introduced legislation that would allow the UK to unilaterally amend the Northern Ireland Protocol, which imposes checks on goods entering the region from the UK.

London has also introduced legislation aimed at ending prosecutions for atrocities committed during Northern Ireland’s three-decade-long conflict, which has been opposed by politicians in the region and in Dublin.

“I would once again urge a restraining of unilateral action, whether on dealing with the legacy of the past, human rights, or the Northern Ireland Protocol,” Martin said.

“We now have an opportunity to return to the true spirit of partnership and mutual respect that is required to underpin the gains of the Good Friday Agreement,” he added, referring to the 1998 peace treaty co-guaranteed by London and Dublin.

However, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, has urged Johnson’s successor not to back down from the government’s tough protocol stance. “Efforts to repeal the Protocol must be maintained,” he said in a statement.

Donaldson has effectively shut down the region’s power-sharing institutions until the protocol dispute is resolved.