Saturday, September 17, 2022

Gráinne Ní Aodha, PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to meet British prime minister Liz Truss on Sunday, before attending the state funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Monday.

Ms Truss will also meet US president Joe Biden, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, and Poland’s president Andrzej Duda at 10 Downing Street.

Mr Martin has met Ms Truss in person briefly since she became prime minister earlier this month.

They were seated next to one another during a memorial service for the queen at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast on Tuesday.

The meeting comes as the British government is expected to continue with its Bill to give ministers the power to unilaterally scrap parts of the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol, which was jointly agreed by the UK and EU in order to avoid a border on the island of Ireland.

As UK foreign secretary, Ms Truss introduced the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, which Ireland and the EU have criticised as breaching international law.

The issue is expected to ramp up ahead of a deadline at the end of October to form a new Northern Ireland Executive, which the DUP has so far blocked in protest over the protocol’s implementation.

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