Brexit news: Article 16 triggers panic in EU as Irish PM “fears” of losing power | Politics | New

Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin is “frightened” by the British threat to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol. It was reported by Irish RTE News and the Daily Telegraph that Boris Johnson would trigger Article 16 as soon as COP26 ended. Article 16 allows for the unilateral suspension of certain parts of the Protocol if they cause serious difficulties.

Speaking from Northern Ireland, GB News reporter Dougie Beattie said Micheál Martin was panicking over the threat amid mounting pressure.

He suggested that Mr Martin’s fragile coalition in the Republic of Ireland could crumble if Boris Johnson follows through on his threat.

Mr Beattie said: “Martin, when asked about Article 16, was very animated. Reporters here say he was very blunt.

“But if you look at Michael Martin’s body language, he seems to be pretty scared of it.”

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He continued: “If Article 16 is triggered, he knows he is running a very unstable coalition government.

“It could trigger a government collapse and new elections. Sinn Fein is still the largest party in the Republic of Ireland.”

RTE Europe Editor-in-Chief Tony Connelly wrote earlier today: “The momentum towards the UK triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol is growing.

“Once COP26 is over, there are strong expectations that London will act.

On Wednesday, the Taoiseach Martin warned that any move to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol would be “irresponsible, reckless and reckless”.

Lord David Frost said progress at a meeting with European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic was “limited”.

He said Article 16 was “a lot on the table and has been since July”.

Mr Sefcovic warned there would be “grave consequences” if the UK were to trigger Article 16.

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