Taoiseach Micheál Martin met with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss at 10 Downing Street this morning for 45 minutes.
The Taoiseach offered the British people the condolences of the Irish nation on the death of their seven-decade leader.
The two leaders are understood to have discussed the importance and depth of the Irish-British relationship while also expressing their shared intent on the global challenges posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine.
But the pair are also said to have been open about how the Northern Ireland Protocol works, particularly in the context of a recent offer by EU negotiator and Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic for a new “lightweight” system of truck inspections.
Ms Truss and the Taoiseach are believed to have agreed that the EU and UK now have an opportunity to find a negotiated outcome that would settle the issue once and for all.
Secretary of State Simon Coveney said he was “cautiously optimistic” that the situation could now be resolved in resumed talks.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/operation-of-northern-ireland-protocol-among-issues-discussed-between-taoiseach-micheal-martin-and-british-prime-minister-liz-truss-at-downing-street-41998032.html The operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol is among the issues discussed between Taoiseach Micheál Martin and British Prime Minister Liz Truss at Downing Street