Taoiseach warns of ‘serious harm’ if every Brexit issue is ‘win-lose fight’



Marie O'Halloran | The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned of “very serious harm” if people keep trying to use Brexit to create points of dispute or by presenting every issue “as a zero-sum, win-lose fight”.

He also said the Northern Ireland protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement “is a fair conclusion to attempts to limit the potential destructiveness of Brexit on this island”, despite unionist demands for it to be scrapped.

Mr Martin said the protocol “is complex, but it is nowhere near as complex as it is presented.

“It is not as complex as the thousands of Brexit issues remaining in relation to trade and other contacts between Great Britain and the European Union. Rules and connections developed over half a century don’t come apart easily.”

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