Irish PM sees 'landing zone' for Brexit deal after meeting UK's Johnson

Daniel Fowler
August 14, 2020

"There will be no border down the Irish Sea over my dead body", he said on a visit to Northern Ireland, where he met the new Irish prime minister, Micheal Martin.

Consecutive polls have shown support for a second vote and the SNP in next year's general elections where Nicola Sturgeon, who remains 100 points ahead of Boris Johnson in Scottish voters' approval ratings, is expected to win a landslide victory in next year's Holyrood vote.

O'Neill said she had called for a British-Irish Council meeting for a Covid-19 response and that it was met favorably by Mr. Johnson.

Mr Johnson has also agreed to "intensify" partnership arrangements with the Republic, and said more work could be done on bilateral deals.

"I am very pleased to develop our friendship and relationship now". Speaking ahead of their meeting, Mr Johnson said he wanted to develop relationships "all sorts of ways - East/West, North/South - you name it".

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As part of the New Decade, New Approach deal, the UK Government committed to working alongside the NI Executive to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland in 2021 - today's announcement is an important step towards realising this commitment, and delivering national recognition and global awareness of this important anniversary.

When asked if the bridge would be a good way to mark the centenary next year, the Prime Minister said: "I don't think it's going to be built next year, but let me be absolutely clear that as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I look at lots of different ways in which United Kingdom transport connectivity could be improved".

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The Treasury has also protected more than 316,000 jobs and granted thousands of business loans.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the centenary year would promote the region on a world stage.

'We will use the centenary next year to promote it on the world stage, celebrating its people, culture, traditions and enterprise and its vital contribution to the United Kingdom'.

Johnson later said there was a "very, very good case for all our friends and partners around the European Union to do what I think we all want to do, which is a zero tariffs, zero quota deal".

Sinn Féin's vice-president said it was important that republicans engaged in the debate around partition and looked to the future.

Mr Martin said it was particularly fitting the engagement was taking place so soon after the death of former SDLP leader John Hume.

"It is important for us both in terms of the British-Irish relationship which has been the cornerstone of much progress on the island of Ireland and between our two countries for well over two to three decades, and we want to maintain that".

Shortly after arriving at the castle, the taoiseach joined the prime minister for a walk in the restored grounds of the royal residence and tourist attraction in an affluent village near Belfast.

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