Von der Leyen hails ‘encouraging’ engagement with Sunak on protocol


Arriving in Dublin for a two-day go to on Thursday, the European Fee president stated she is “very assured” an answer on the protocol could be discovered if the UK authorities is keen.

Negotiations are persevering with between London and Brussels geared toward securing post-Brexit adjustments to the satisfaction of each side.

The protocol, a post-Brexit buying and selling association for Northern Eire designed to keep away from a tough border, has prompted some buying and selling points since its implementation.

It has resulted in tensions between the EU, the UK and Eire on how one can resolve them, significantly after a Invoice was launched at Westminster that goals to take away unilaterally some buying and selling guidelines presently in place.

There was some hope that the brand new British Authorities will present a chance to unravel the stalemate over the remaining bureaucratic and buying and selling points.

In an tackle to the Irish parliament, Ms von der Leyen recommended that relations had improved below Mr Sunak.

“I’m glad that at the moment our talks with London are marked by a brand new, extra pragmatic spirit as a result of the European Union and the UK are nonetheless members of the identical prolonged household, even when we not dwell in the identical home,” she stated.

“I can promise you that at any time when the European Union sits down with our British associates, we are going to accomplish that with ‘an sincere coronary heart and an open thoughts’ – to cite the nice Irish band The Noticed Docs.

“By making use of widespread sense and specializing in the problems that basically matter in Northern Eire, I consider we are able to make progress in resolving the sensible points surrounding the protocol.

“We’re listening intently to the enterprise and civil society stakeholders in Northern Eire, however the penalties of Brexit and the type of Brexit chosen by the UK can’t be eliminated totally.

“The options we discover should be certain that the one market continues to perform in Eire and elsewhere within the European Union.

“I believe if each side are delicate to this cautious steadiness, a workable resolution is inside attain. I consider we’ve an obligation to search out it.

“My contacts (with) Prime Minister Sunak are encouraging and I belief we are able to discover the best way.

“Let me reassure you, Eire can at all times rely on the European Union to face by the Good Friday Settlement.

“There could be no onerous border on the island of Eire.”

This prompted applause from Irish politicians within the chamber.

Irish premier Micheal Martin thanked the EU Fee president for the EU’s “loyal solidarity” with Eire all through Brexit.

“Such as you, we wish to see a brand new and very important partnership with the UK – a constructive one – which might be achieved if we are able to resolve the problems referring to the protocol, and with proper political will, I consider we are able to obtain that,” the Taoiseach stated.

International Affairs Minister Simon Coveney later responded: “I too consider {that a} resolution is inside our grasp, if we’ve a companion to realize an final result that we are able to all settle for and transfer on from.”

The EU chief additionally stated that the bloc and Eire have at all times been in “very shut co-operation” on Brexit issues through the years.

“It was ironclad and is ironclad, and that is so essential,” she stated whereas talking exterior Authorities Buildings in Dublin.

“I do know that Brexit meant quite a lot of adaptation for Eire, however you may have achieved this very efficiently so far as I can see it.”

If there may be the political will within the UK, I’m very assured that we are able to attain a optimistic conclusion

Ms von der Leyen stated on Thursday: “We, the European Union have been listening very fastidiously to the issues of individuals and companies in Northern Eire…

“We now have at all times proven flexibility, we are going to at all times have a constructive method to those points.

“If there may be the political will within the UK, I’m very assured that we are able to attain a optimistic conclusion.”

Ms von der Leyen was greeted by Irish premier Micheal Martin as she arrived at Authorities Buildings in Dublin earlier than addressing Irish parliamentarians.

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