Irish PM says Queen’s death is chance to ‘reset’ relations between UK and Ireland after Brexit rows

The Queen‘s death is an opportunity to ‘reset’ relations between Britain and Ireland following bitter Brexit disputes, the Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has said. Story from MailOnline

The Taoiseach claimed Her Majesty’s passing should offer ‘time for reflection’ and ‘remind us of the need to proactively nurture the relationship’ between the two countries.

Mr Martin is this afternoon due to attend a memorial service for the Queen at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

The service is being held as part of King Charles’s Operation Spring Tide tour of all UK nations, following his proclamation as monarch.

The King and Queen Consort, Camilla, will be joined at the Belfast service by Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, as well as Mr Martin and Irish Foreign Affairs minister Simon Coveney.

Major Brand Discounts

Charles and Camilla are also today due to meet with new Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris and the leaders of Northern Ireland’s political parties at Stormont.

Their visit – and the Queen’s death – have come at a time of heightened political tensions at Stormont and between the UK and Irish governments over post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.

But Mr Martin, in an interview with the BBC, suggested it could now be a moment to repair relations that have been damaged by the Northern Ireland Protocol row.

The Taoiseach described the Queen’s historic visit to Ireland in 2011, the first by a British monarch in 100 years, as a ‘watershed moment’ for Anglo-Irish relations and said it had left his country with a ‘fondness’ for Her Majesty.

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