New British Prime Minister Liz Truss’ approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol has been “very unhelpful”, according to Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney.
r Coveney previously attacked Ms Truss in the row over the protocol, saying she was making “no effort” to resolve ongoing issues.
He also previously criticized the dispute over protocol being used within the Conservative Party to generate support for Ms Truss’s leadership.
“You have to distinguish between personal relationships and political responsibility,” he told RTÉ’s This Week radio show.
“We speak openly to each other, or at least we did when she was my counterpart.
“The approach she took as Secretary of State towards Protocol was, in my opinion, very unhelpful. It was an approach I personally challenged with her and it meant we had some difficult conversations. But that is politics.”
Mr Coveney said Ms Truss had a “very sharp” view of what she needed to achieve.
“She had a very clear view of what she felt she needed to do and my job was to protect Irish interests.”
He said he met her in Westminster a few weeks ago and described the relationship he has with her on a personal level as “very warm”.
He urged the UK to start a process of “serious and honest negotiations”.
Meanwhile, he refused to rule out a domestic price cap on energy prices as budget discussions within the government continue next week.
“We’re going to have a significant impact on the pressures that families are feeling by spending a lot of money, which I think is justified,” he said.
This year’s billion-plus surplus will not be spent on the one-off cost-of-living package that will be announced alongside the budget, the minister said.
“We need to make sure we respond immediately to the pressures people are facing, but also that we have some resources in reserve should these prices continue next year.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/liz-truss-approach-to-northern-ireland-protocol-was-very-unhelpful-simon-coveney-41980204.html Liz Truss’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol was ‘very unhelpful’ – Simon Coveney