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Brexit talks with Johnson about `sausages getting to NI' not ECJ, says Martin
Asked if the EU Commission might be willing to concede its position on the ECJ relinquishing some of its oversight role, Mr Martin said the court had never formed part of the discussions with Mr Johnson around the Northern Irish protocol or the related political difficulties that arose for the British government.

"The main sticking point all along on the ground was around the free flow of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, " said Mr Martin.

"Even with the British PM, in the discussions I have with him in respect of Northern Ireland, it was, emotively, people talking about the sausages getting to Northern Ireland and so on.

"You know what, the sausages can now get to Northern Ireland. I don't want to be facetious about it but the bottom line is we got over that too," he said.

He said that the free flow of goods, medicines, a simplified system for testing animals, were all the key issues.


Meanwhile DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has told European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic the EU's proposed changes to the Northern Ireland protocol "fall short of what is needed".

Mr Donaldson said "short-term fixes" would not solve the problems and what was needed was a "sustainable solution which removes the Irish Sea border and restores our place within the United Kingdom."

Mr Sefcovic is to meet virtually with the leaders of the five parties in the Northern Executive on Thursday.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 at 04:48:10 PM EST
An, just when we need the spirit of compromise to muddle through, Unionist absolutism rears its grotesque backside and farts out a resounding "NO".

Cos it's all they've ever got to say on any subject

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 at 05:18:08 PM EST
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