WWhen Boris Johnson called Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin last week, he tried to break the ice with humor last week. ‘I haven’t seen you since your men thrashed us in Twickenham,’ the Prime Minister remarked. The taoiseach, another rugby fan, was generous: “It wasn’t really fair, you usually only had 14 men on the pitch.”
The way the EU has enforced trade rules between Britain and Northern Ireland since the Brexit deal, with controls on goods crossing the Irish Sea, has left some in government feeling like it’s trying to put the game down to play.
On Tuesday, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, will publish national legislation giving the government the right to remove parts of the