Irish Leader Micheál Martin demands Britain to “Engage Seriously” with the EU Commission after Brussels run ECJ remains as last arbitrator in disputes between the two sides.

Micheál Martin called on the UK government to “engage seriously” with the package of measures laid out by European Commissioner Maros Sefcovic on Wednesday and issued a direct communication to Brexit Minister Lord David Frost. 

Another close supporter of Brexit hating Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney, said that it was time for Lord Frost and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to engage closely with Brussels to find solutions to all of the unresolved issues surrounding the Northern Ireland Protocol. Coveney is also Ireland’s Foreign Minister. 

The Protocol stipulates that the European Court of Justice shall be the last arbitrator in any future trade dispute between the EU and the UK on the implementation of the Protocol, which the UK and EU approved as part of the 2020 Withdrawal Agreement. 

DURING HIS SPEECH IN BRUSSELS ON WEDNESDAY, the EU’s Brexit point man, Maros Sefcovic, knocked out the UK’s request to replace that provision with an impartial arbitration process. 

Though he made a number of important compromises, Mr Sefcovic announced that checks and controls on products entering Northern Ireland would be slashed by 80%. 

“The British Government has pleaded that they didn’t fully understand the implications of the Protocol or with the Withdrawal Agreement,” Taoiseach Martin, Ireland’s Prime Minister, impliedly rebuked Lord Frost. 

“I think the European Commission has now demonstrated that they are really open and willing to bring a resolution to this.”

At their most recent meeting, Boris Johnson told Mr Martin the Prime Minister desired a second chance to find a solution. 

According to Fianna Fail’s leader, keeping the Good Friday Agreement’s institutions and political stability in Northern Ireland are high stakes. 

Mr Martin claimed that Northern Ireland had been given a fantastic opportunity by maintaining access to the European Union’s single market as well as the market in the United Kingdom, which was “very advantageous” for many economic sectors. 

“I think there’s a real responsibility on all parties, including the United Kingdom Government, to engage responsibly and seriously with this package,” he said. “Including the UK government.” 

According to Mr Martin, one of the major sticking points in Northern Ireland is the free flow of commodities between the United Kingdom and the province. 

To paraphrase him: “Even in discussions with the British Prime Minister that I had with him it was about, for example, chilled meats,” 

“Mostly people would speak about the sausages getting through to Northern Ireland, well now you know what, the sausages will get to Northern Ireland.” 

With an emphasis on “solution mode,” Mr Martin also gave homage to Mr Sefcovic for the way the European Commission addressed post-Brexit difficulties, saying: “It’s been a sincere, hard-working and very sensitive and committed approach.”

“Maros Sefcovic has really consulted with people all around. His engagement with the Irish Government to get a sense of things, he went north and spoke to people on the ground in Northern Ireland and business and industry, and politically met with all the parties.” 

When it comes to the Sefcovic statements, Mr Coveney, who had a Twitter spat with Lord Frost earlier this week over the matter, has come out in support of them. 

“These bespoke solutions make it easier for Northern Irish businesses to move goods into Northern Ireland while at the same time continuing to benefit from all the advantages of full access to the EU single market”, Mr Coveney added: 

“These proposals represent a real opportunity for Northern Ireland. People in Northern Ireland – especially those in the business community – want the Protocol to work well. They see the very real opportunities presented by the Protocol and want these to be fully realised.” 

In his words: “We welcome David Frost’s comments that he will engage seriously, fully and positively with the Commission,” he concluded. 

With this bundle, all of the unresolved concerns will be addressed. 

“Now is the time for the UK Government to engage constructively on the practical solutions being put forward by the Commission to the issues that matter most to the people of Northern Ireland.”