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Mark Drakeford hosts meeting of British-Irish Council at crunch point in ongoing post-Brexit negotiations

19 Nov 2021 2 minutes Read
Mark Drakeford. Picture by CPMR – Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The First Minister will today welcome leaders from the British-Irish Council to Wales at a crunch point in the ongoing post-Brexit negotiations.

Mark Drakeford will host the British-Irish Council Summit in Cardiff, bringing together leaders from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

The Northern Ireland protocol is likely to be discussed, with the UK Government threatening to invoke article 16 and unilaterally suspend parts of the agreement.

The arrangements agreed in 2019 that were designed to prevent Brexit creating a hard border on the island of Ireland. But this has created a trade border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Today there were calls for former Republic of Ireland Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to apologise after saying yesterday that loyalists in “ghettos” in Northern Ireland had “no clue” about the UK-EU Northern Ireland deal.

Speaking ahead of the Summit, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “I look forward to welcoming British-Irish Council Ministers to Wales today, to discuss many pressing issues.

“Today’s Summit is a timely opportunity to support dialogue and collective action between our governments, and this is more essential than ever given the current challenges we all face.

“The Council plays a unique and critical role in developing positive relationships between its members. Today’s Summit is a particularly important opportunity to maintain and build on those relationships.”

The Summit is expected to also discuss the pandemic, continuing discussions between the EU and the UK, and the need for governments to work together to take action against climate change, following COP26 in Glasgow.

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Arwyn
Arwyn
8 days ago

Really good lecture on Brexit negotiations from an Irish perspective here: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/2580015-video-brexit-and-the-island-of-ireland

Crwtyn Cemais
Crwtyn Cemais
8 days ago
Reply to  Arwyn

Diolch am rannu’r ddolen – darlith ardderchog ! ~ Thankyou for sharing the link – an excellent lecture !

Madoc
Madoc
8 days ago

I am slightly confused. The article says that “Mark Drakeford will host the British-Irish Council Summit in Cardiff, bringing together leaders from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Since Scotland and Northern Ireland are mentioned separately does this mean that the UK is defined as England and Wales? I would expect that this site would be crystal clear on these constitutional definitions. It is disappointing. And who will be attending from England?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
8 days ago
Reply to  Madoc

In theory it is the fat, idle, lying tosser Boris Johnson.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
8 days ago

The nations of the British isles can talk all they like but unless the UK government stops wanting an end to ECJ involvement in NI I can’t see any progress being made. Technically, NI is still in the Single Market and Customs Union so the ECJ has to be involved in the trade created. The UK government knows this perfectly well but just wants to rock the boat as Brexit starts to crumble. Aim ? To blame the entire mess on the EU. Who will suffer? We all will and especially NI.

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