The EU confident in a settlement of the Northern Irish dispute – 01/12/2022 at 15:36

DUBLIN, Dec 1 (Reuters) – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday she was “very confident” that the dispute over the Northern Ireland protocol would be settled if Britain showed the will. Politics.

Discussions over rules governing post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland resumed in October for the first time in seven months.

This part of the agreement between London and the European Union imposes controls on certain goods traveling to Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom.

“We have always shown flexibility, we will always have a constructive approach to these issues,” Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin and a scheduled speech to parliament in Dublin.

“If there is the political will in the UK, I am very confident that we can reach a positive conclusion.”

Under the Northern Ireland protocol, which is part of the Brexit agreement signed in January 2020 by London and Brussels, Northern Ireland, a British province, continues to belong de facto to the single European market and to the union. customs to preserve the free movement of goods with the neighboring Republic of Ireland and the 1998 peace agreement which ended the conflict in Northern Ireland.

This device involves checks on certain goods from Great Britain which the British government is asking to end.

The European Union presented more than a year ago a set of measures aimed at providing more flexibility in the implementation of the protocol.

(Padraic Halpin report; French version Dagmarah Mackos, edited by Sophie Louet)