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Johnson resignation allows opportunity for a reset – Richmond

7th July 2022 - Neale Richmond, TD

After a difficult period, now is an opportunity for a reset in Anglo-Irish and UK-EU relations according to the Fine Gael spokesperson on European Affairs, Neale Richmond TD.


Reacting to the resignation of Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister, Deputy Neale Richmond said a partner that acts in good faith is now needed.


Deputy Richmond said, “As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has overseen a marked decline in political relations between Ireland and the UK, the lowest ebb since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.


“His resignation today and pending replacement, offers an opportunity for a reset in both Anglo-Irish and UK-EU relations. 


“We now need a partner in London who will work to implement the Protocol in a way that works for all, who ensures the UK properly fulfils its role as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, and who acts in good faith.


“While it is depressing that the internal politicking of Westminster and the British Conservative Party continues to have such a profound impact on life on this island, we must stand ready to work with whoever becomes the next British Prime Minister.


“As soon as a new Prime Minister is elected and their Government appointed, the Irish Government should seek an emergency meeting of the British Irish Council.”

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