'We don't want UK-EU trade war' - Irish PM

Micheál Martin says he is hopeful he will not have to contemplate tariffs against UK exports.

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5/27/2022 6:30:00 PM

'Nobody wants a trade war; it would be shocking. It's totally unnecessary.' Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin tells faisalislam there's no threat of a trade war with the UK Newsnight

Micheál Martin says he is hopeful he will not have to contemplate tariffs against UK exports.

When asked at the World Economic Forum in Davos whether the EU was drawing up plans to apply tariffs to politically sensitive UK exports, Mr Martin declined to "get into the detail of anything like that, because hopefully, that's something we don't ever have to contemplate".

"For now I'm simply saying, and I've been consistently saying get down there, get into the tunnel, UK government and EU, negotiate and get the technocrats in there," he added.When asked why at this time of rising inflation the EU was pondering such a move, the Irish prime minister said it was only the UK making threats.

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Fact-checking claims about Brexit and Northern Ireland When asked at the World Economic Forum in Davos whether the EU was drawing up plans to apply tariffs to politically sensitive UK exports, Mr Martin declined to "get into the detail of anything like that, because hopefully, that's something we don't ever have to contemplate". "For now I'm simply saying, and I've been consistently saying get down there, get into the tunnel, UK government and EU, negotiate and get the technocrats in there," he added. When asked why at this time of rising inflation the EU was pondering such a move, the Irish prime minister said it was only the UK making threats. "The only unilateral move that has been made here has been by the United Kingdom government, which has threatened to tear up an international deal signed with the European Union," he said. "That's the only threat here. And that's what's happened." The taoiseach said a solution between the parties was "doable" and that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz "don't want minute checks on everything going into Northern Ireland - they want to resolve this". At the World Economic Forum some of the world's biggest multinational companies have told the BBC they are already seeking reassurances over the possibility of a trade war between the UK and the EU. Earlier this week the Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said "only Putin" would be happy with a disagreement between the EU and UK at this time, adding he was trying to "calm down the situation". The UK's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, stressing that her priority was a negotiated agreement. However, she has outlined plans to table legislation which would override key parts of the Brexit Northern Ireland deal within weeks. More on this story