Ireland’s Deputy Premier, Micheál Martin, has commended the deepening ties and collaborative efforts between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) in addressing the implications of Brexit. Speaking at the Brexit Stakeholders Forum meeting held at Iveagh House in Dublin, Tánaiste Martin highlighted the significant progress achieved in building trust and lauded the Windsor Framework as a pivotal development.
A Positive Outlook
Mr. Martin acknowledged the importance of fostering a robust relationship between the EU and the UK, emphasizing the mutual benefits it holds for both parties. He expressed satisfaction with the ongoing discussions and measures taken by both the UK Government and the EU to facilitate data-sharing and other vital aspects.
The Significance of the Windsor Framework
The Tánaiste underscored the significance of the Windsor Framework, a key agreement between the EU and the UK to address trade-related concerns arising from the Northern Ireland Protocol. He described it as a “significant breakthrough” that offers stability and certainty in post-Brexit trade and business relations across the British Isles. Mr. Martin pointed out the unique advantage it provides to Northern Ireland, allowing it to be part of the UK internal market while maintaining access to the EU single market.
Opportunities for Northern Ireland
During his remarks, Mr. Martin highlighted the growing interest in investment opportunities in Northern Ireland and stressed the importance of reinstating the powersharing institutions and the North-South Ministerial Council to fully capitalize on these prospects.
Preparing for Upcoming Changes
Minister of State for European Affairs, Peter Burke, also addressed the meeting and discussed the impending changes resulting from the UK’s departure from the EU. He urged Irish businesses to assess their supply chains, engage with UK customers, and collaborate with transport and logistics providers to navigate the new UK customs and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements, set to take effect from January 2024.
A Continuing Dialogue
The Brexit Stakeholders Forum, which has been convening since 2017, serves as a critical platform for discussions among stakeholders from various sectors, including business, trade unions, and state agencies, as they collectively address the ongoing repercussions of Brexit.