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‘You seem worried!’ Marr exposes Brussels panic as Ireland hints at huge EU U-turn

Brussels looks set to cave to Britain’s Brexit demands, after Ireland’s new taoiseach Micheál Martin admitted the EU may “pull back” from its demands on the ECJ. The jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has remained one of the biggest sticking points in the deadlocked talks between the EU and UK. However, Mr Martin admitted that “new mechanisms can be developed” that would not involve the European Union’s top courts.

Andrew Marr said: “Do you think it is acceptable for the ECJ not to have jurisdiction over the UK as it goes forward as an independent country?

“Would you urge your colleagues to pull back on the ECJ issue?”

Mr Martin responded: “There are a number of sticking points, not just the ECJ issue.

“From my talks, and I’ve been in touch with the main European negotiators and the UK Prime Minister, it is clear that where there is a will, there is a way in terms of resolving outstanding issues.”

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Ireland’s new taoiseach Micheál Martin admitted the EU may “pull back” from its demands on the ECJ (Image: BBC)

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He continued: “New mechanisms can be developed to ensure proper oversight of any particular agreement.

“But progress is far too slow in my opinion and the talks need an injection of momentum.”

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, the Irish prime minister added that the talks were “getting into an urgent timeframe”.

Mr Martin said a deal would be done, but added it could not be “at any price”.

Both sides agreed to “intensify” negotiations last month and have since held a series of face-to-face talks.

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If the two sides are unable to reach a deal by the end of the transition period at the end of the year, the UK will leave the EU’s single market and the customs union without any agreement on future access.

Marr pointed out that the EU “seemed worried” at the prospect of a no deal Brexit after Mr Martin warned that “time is tight” on reaching a deal between Britain and the European Union by the end of the year.


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Mr Martin admitted he was worried, saying “ordinary people would suffer” if that happened.

He added: “We must do everything to protect workers, protect livelihoods and protect the essence of our economy.”

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Shadow minister Rachel Reeves even admitted to Marr that Labour was against the involvement of the ECJ followup Brext.

She said: “It right to say the ECJ shouldn’t be able to oversee, but there must be compromise on both sides”.

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