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The vice-president of the European Commission will be in Washington this week for one-on-one talks with personalities from the American Congress. Among other things, Sefcovic will meet Brendan Boyle, the EU caucus leader on Capitol Hill, to discuss the ongoing Brexit talks.

Ahead of their meeting, the US congressman urged the UK to find a solution to the Northern Ireland Protocol deadlock.

He argued that the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine should encourage Britain to quell anti-EU rhetoric in the country.

Speaking to Politico, he said: “If there is one thing this war puts into perspective, it is the danger of constantly trying to drive divisions with European neighbors and allies.

“It’s time for all of us in the West to stand together, so hopefully we will see some falsification of Britain’s anti-EU rhetoric.”

On Sunday, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the issues over Northern Ireland’s protocol “are unlikely to be resolved” before the Stormont election.

The Taoiseach insisted that communication channels remain open between the UK and the EU on efforts to resolve the impasse.

He said he had not discussed with Prime Minister Boris Johnson the collapse of the Stormont executive, but the broader need for stability, adding “that will be a matter we will come back to”.

Prime Minister Paul Givan resigned earlier this year amid a DUP protest against the protocol.

As a result, the executive could not fully function and could not pass the planned multi-year budget.

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said on Friday his party would not reinstate the Stormont executive until the British government acted to “protect Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom”.

The Taoiseach and the Prime Minister appeared to have differing views on their meeting on Saturday.

Mr Johnson told Mr Martin that ‘significant changes’ were still needed with the protocol – after Mr Martin said there was a growing view it was working.

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Asked about the positions on Sunday, Mr Martin replied: “It’s fair to say that we have had different views on this for some time.

“I pointed out to him when I talk to industrialists or businessmen in the north, no one wants to cut off access to the single European market because it benefits various sectors of the Northern Irish economy.”

He said the two agreed that the negotiation process between European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic and Foreign Minister Liz Truss should be continued, adding “we support the resolution of this problem”.

“The European Union has already presented proposals which present a significant change in the operation of the protocol. This has already happened with regard to the proposals which have been made and Europe has shown a very great good will to solve this problem and this good will keeps it going,” he said. noted.

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Asked about the positions on Sunday, Mr Martin replied: “It’s fair to say that we have had different views on this for some time.

“I pointed out to him when I talk to industrialists or businessmen in the north, no one wants to cut off access to the single European market because it benefits various sectors of the Northern Irish economy.”

He said the two agreed that the negotiation process between European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic and Foreign Minister Liz Truss should be continued, adding “we support the resolution of this problem”.

“The European Union has already presented proposals which present a significant change in the operation of the protocol. This has already happened with regard to the proposals which have been made and Europe has shown a very great good will to solve this problem and this good will keeps it going,” he said. noted.

But the Taoiseach said he did not believe the protocol issues would be resolved before the Stormont Assembly election in May.

“There will be an election in May in Northern Ireland. In my opinion we should keep the chains going. I don’t think they will (things change before the election). I think we should focus on our response to Ukraine,” he told the BBC.

“Progress has been made despite what you may hear. There have been a lot of positions put forward by the European Union that would reduce levels of control.

“I would say that Maros Sefcovic has come up with a lot of sensible compromises and their mindset is really to work to resolve this issue, and I think the foreign minister is in a similar mindset.”

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