Its premier Micheal Martin said Downing Street would have to offer concessions to match the European Union’s “pragmatism” to resolve the issues surrounding the protocol to avoid a hard border. In an intervention that will likely stoke tensions between the EU and UK, he demanded the “full implementation” of the post-Brexit rules in the region. It came after he met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to sign off on Ireland’s plans to spend EU recovery cash.
Mr Martin told a news conference in Dublin: “I appreciate it and I thanked the President for the Commission’s recent decision to address some issues that have arisen under the protocol, including to agreeing to the extension of the grace period on chilled meats.
“The Commission team, under vice-president Sefcovic, has shown flexibility and pragmatism.
“I hope and believe this spirit should be reciprocated, and that the coming months will be used productively so we can achieve full implementation of the protocol in a way that benefits the people of Northern Ireland and of Ireland.”