Helping Truss? Tony Blair holds secret meetings with the EU and US officials regarding Northern Ireland protocol.

Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who spoke in favour of the country’s continued membership in the EU during the 2016 vote, has been outlining how Brexit Britain feels about the Northern Ireland Protocol. Alongside former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Mr Blair was reportedly offering “assistance.”

A senior British official is quoted by Politico as saying: “Tony has certainly been explaining to the Europeans and the Americans that the British Government has a real point on the trading aspects of the Northern Ireland Protocol.”

They added: “He’s explaining why the EU’s proposals will not work.”

“He doesn’t agree with the Government on every point, but he certainly has been a helpful voice in that and I’m sure he will go on being so.”

Conor Burns, the Trade Minister, who favours Brexit, has praised Mr Blair’s assistance. Last week, Mr Burns said before the Commons: “I want to place on record, Mr Speaker, in the House today, my thanks to the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the former Prime Minister Tony Blair for their assistance in the work that I have done over the summer.”

However, Mr Blair has already weighed in on matters pertaining to Brexit and Northern Ireland. In regards to the Northern Ireland Protocol, the former prime minister asked the UK and EU to “show maximum flexibility in order to reach an agreement” in July.

Mr Blair added the following in a paper produced by his Institute for Global Change: “[The] issues at the heart of the Protocol have the capability of causing an enlarged trade conflict between the UK and the EU, or undermining the Good Friday Agreement-and quite possibly both.”

However, Mr Blair visited Sir John Major in Northern Ireland during the 2016 Brexit vote to discuss the implications of leaving the European Union. Even the official Vote Leave campaign came under fire from Mr Blair for having a “ideological fixation” on Brexit.

He added: “I say, don’t take a punt on these people.”

“Don’t let them take risks with Northern Ireland’s future. Don’t let them undermine our United Kingdom.”

In fact, the Telegraph even claimed that Mr Blair had personally asked Michel Barnier, the head negotiator for Brussels, to prolong discussions beyond Theresa May’s March 29 deadline in 2019, while Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU were in full gear.

Ulster’s post-Brexit trading arrangements, which put restrictions on products travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, have been the subject of months of discussions between London and Brussels.

The Joe Biden administration has weighed in on the discussion and wants the UK to uphold its commitment. Following their discussions, a Downing Street representative stated: “The priority must be protecting the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and preserving the gains of peace in Northern Ireland.”

According to the White House, the two leaders “affirmed their shared commitment to protecting the gains of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement”.

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, who campaigned for the UK to remain in the European Union during the 2016 referendum, has been explaining Brexit Britain’s position on the Northern Ireland Protocol. Mr Blair was said to have been providing “assistance” alongside ex-Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Source: Tony Blair quietly helping Liz Truss on Brexit as he holds secret meetings with US and EU

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