Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin has called on the UK government to respect the European Union’s withdrawal agreement, which is “an international treaty”, even though he has “completely” excluded any changes to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland at the same time of the scenarios.
London finalizes new single market legislation that would leave the abolition of physical checks on the UK to Northern Ireland route in the air. This condition is included in the exit agreement to avoid returning to a physical border in Ulster.
This new law, as well as British “Prime Minister” Boris Johnson’s threat to close negotiations if future UK-EU relations are not agreed by October 15, have raised concerns in the Community bloc. especially in Ireland.
“The withdrawal agreement is an international treaty and we hope that the UK government will apply it and respect what it has already agreed,” Martin said in an interview with the Irish Examiner. “We trust he will do this, otherwise they would void the dialogue,” he warned.
Martin stressed that the UK government has also committed itself to “fully” applying the relative protocol in Northern Ireland and suggested that “such stories” be part of the negotiation process for the future relationship, which will resume this Tuesday.