Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has expressed “cautious hope” that talks between the UK and Brussels will settle the dispute over post-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland within weeks.

He and the country’s prime minister, Michael Martin, had private talks with him Liz Truss’s The newly installed administration indicated there was an opportunity for “a new and perhaps more genuine round of dialogue.”

However, Mr Coveney stressed that compromise would be required on both sides.

Ms Truss said she would prefer to find a negotiated settlement but only if it is combined with unilateral action already taken to resolve issues through Northern Ireland Protocol.

The deal agreed by the UK and the EU as a way to avoid a hard Irish land border has created economic limits to the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, causing resentment and anger among many unions and unions.

The order created a bottleneck in efforts to form a government administration in Belfast.

Under former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain began to move controversially to check some policies.

The Protocol Bill parts of the agreement would dominate and separate “green” and “red” lanes for goods traveling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, drawing a line between those who would stay in the UK and those heading to the Republic of Ireland and beyond.

Mr Johnson had argued the legislation was necessary for peace and stability in Northern Ireland.

But critics have warned it would be an “acceptable breach” of international law and Britain’s food mistrust.

However, after Ms Truss won the Tory leadership race and became Prime Minister, Mr Coveney struck a note of greater hope.

He told Irish broadcaster RTE: “I have to say that I have some cautious hope that we will see in a few weeks time to open up an honest effort to try to sort out some of these things that have been outstanding for far too long.

“But we are very clear, both the Irish government and the EU, it is clear that it requires compromise on the part of the UK as well as on the part of the EU.”

European Financial Services Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, Ireland’s ambassador to the executive bloc, told RTE it was her expectation that both sides would return to the table in the coming weeks.

Ms Truss and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are expected to discuss the protocol when they both attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

It was also suggested that the prime minister could talk to his Irish counterpart and US president Joe Biden about the event when world leaders descend on Britain. Queen’s funeral.

It follows the tradition the UK had told Brussels it would continue to pause border checks on goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in spite of the legal fact of the settlement.

European Commission in the months of June and July, his prejudicial accounts were conductedaccusing the UK of not complying with the protocol.

But when the deadline for the move was reached, officials realized that the EU had said it would stay with the grace periods on baggage that are already in place – meaning it would not force sellers and exporters to check all of the agreed. in the protocol.

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