Pro-Brexit Northern Ireland minister ‘happy to eat humble cake’ to mend ‘sour’ ties with Ireland

A staunch pro-Brexit Northern Ireland minister, who has apologized to Ireland for not always being trustworthy in protocol negotiations, said he was “happy to eat humble cake”.

Prominent Brexiteer Steve Baker apologized to Ireland and the EU in a speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Sunday for not always behaving in a way that encouraged them to “trust us”.

Secretary of State Baker has now said he is apologizing in the hope that negotiations could resume “in a spirit of goodwill” to reach an agreement that benefits all parties.

He said relations with Ireland are not “where they should be”, adding that ministers must act with “humility” to restore ties with the Republic and the EU.

“I am very confident that if we enter into negotiations without preconditions and sit down in a spirit of goodwill, we can de-escalate this issue and reach an agreement that works for all and respects the legitimate interests of North-South, East-West.” ‘ Mr Baker said on RTÉ Tomorrow Ireland.

“And that’s really why, if I have to eat a little humble pie to mend broken relationships to make that happen, well, I’m happy to eat a little humble pie.”

He also acknowledged that his apology “didn’t go over well” with some loyalists and unionists.

“If we’re going to be constructive here and get a deal that works for everyone, we need to de-escalate these tensions. So that was my motivation,” he said.

“I sincerely want to be on the right side of all parties involved in the Belfast Good Friday Agreement so that we can move forward, reach an agreement and move forward with the really serious issues we are facing in Northern Ireland.

“I am sorry that relations between the UK and Ireland have been affected by the Brexit process.

“And I recognize that as a leader of the sort of 28, if I can put it that way, who turned down Theresa May’s deal on three occasions, that has caused enormous concern, and I also recognize that businesses in Northern Ireland have faced a lot of the cost of this process of uncertainty.

“And these are things I want to fix. We can add those right into the deal,” said Mr. Baker.

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