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Fianna Fail leader calls for cooler heads in Brexit negotiations

Micheal Martin
Micheal Martin

By David Young

Brexit negotiators need to dial down the "megaphone diplomacy and triumphalism" and focus on securing a deal to protect livelihoods, Micheal Martin has said.

The Fianna Fail leader expressed hope that a Northern Ireland-specific solution to the Brexit impasse could pave the way for a deal before October 31.

Speaking in Co Carlow, he urged both sides to take a "step back" and cool the temperature of exchanges, saying: "Political games are over, one-upmanship has to be over."

With the process deadlocked over the backstop, some believe a compromise could lie in a Northern Ireland-tailored resolution to keep the border open.

UK negotiators are understood to be drawing up proposals that would see Northern Ireland continue to follow EU rules on agriculture, foodstuffs and some other products while maintaining the common electricity market with the Republic.

Mr Martin said: "In my view there are clear ideas as to where this is heading - it is heading towards a Northern Ireland-specific solution. The difficulty will be in finalising that, but that's where it is heading.

"I think Brussels knows that, I think the Irish Government knows that, I think the British Government knows that."

He added: "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to say that you can move from a UK-wide backstop to a Northern Ireland-specific solution."

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