Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Ceisteanna (43)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

43. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his telephone conversations with the UK Prime Minister Mr. Boris Johnson on 2 October 2019. [41238/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

I spoke by phone with Prime Minister Johnson on Wednesday 2 October when we discussed the latest UK Government’s proposals for a new protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

I explained to the Prime Minister that the proposals do not fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop. However, I indicated that I would study them in further detail, and would consult with the EU institutions, including the Task Force, and our EU partners. I told Prime Minister Johnson that I want to see a deal agreed and ratified, and will continue to work, in unity with our EU partners, to this end.

I spoke to the Prime Minister again on the evening of 8 October when we discussed the latest position on the UK Government's proposals. While there are wide differences between the EU and UK positions on the consent mechanism and customs arrangements, both of us strongly reiterated our desire to reach a Brexit deal. I will work until the very last moment to secure a deal, but not at any cost.

We hope to meet in person later this week.