Morning View: Liz Truss’ creaky government is a concern for Northern Ireland


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It remains to be seen whether this action will be enough to save the Prime Minister, Liz Truss. If the markets calm down and the economy stabilizes, it will be following her reversals on the flagship policies that she wanted to define her leadership.

None of this uncertainty and instability at Westminster is likely to be good for Northern Ireland as we try to reach a resolution on protocol. Even if she was open to concessions, which was still far from clear, the EU is unlikely to offer them to a struggling prime minister who may not see the month.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin traveled to Belfast yesterday to meet with the political parties. While the mood of Anglophobia that prevailed in Dublin during his tenure made consistency difficult, the Southern Prime Minister at least softened his government’s anti-British rhetoric and tried to accommodate the concerns of trade unionists.

Sadly, in December he will be replaced by Leo Varadkar, who previously used London bashing to bolster his domestic support.

The very presence of Republic politicians, during another crisis at Stormont, raises questions about how the three strands of the Belfast deal were ignored.

With a weak and drunk Prime Minister in Westminster and the end of a period of pragmatism on the part of the Prime Minister in Dublin, any optimism about an effective rapid agreement on the protocol may well fade.

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