Micheal Martin said he was more optimistic than last week that Brexit would enter a free trade agreement.
The Irish prime minister said this was a “good sign.” as talks continue in Brussels.
“It gives me more hope than last week that possibly a solution can be found to the very difficult and challenging issues of a level playing field, fisheries and a dispute mechanism to deal with that,” he told the Irish parliament.
Boris Johnson says the “most likely outcome,”
“My focus and view on that at the moment is that it’s important that they both get it right and that they focus on getting a deal,” he said.
“Then if they can get a deal over the line following that, it’s up to the member states to figure out how we deal with that process.”
“He added: “Last week, the news of a resolution to the protocol and withdrawal agreement talks was really good news. Both sides deserve praise for their constructive engagement and the signs were good.
“It is important in terms of the experience in a post-Brexit Ireland that the agreement is signed.”
Boris Johnson told his Cabinet that it remained the “most likely outcome,” to leave the European Union without a free trade deal, but that talks would continue.
UK-EU trade agreement negotiations continue, but progress is being made.
At a briefing in Westminster, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said, “The Prime Minister opened the Cabinet with an update on the ongoing negotiations with the EU.”
‘(He) reiterated the desire to achieve a free trade agreement – but not at any expense – and reiterated that the independence and integrity of the United Kingdom must be preserved by any agreement.
“The prime minister made clear that failure to reach an agreement and the end of the transition period on Australian-style terms remains the most likely outcome, but he committed to continuing negotiations on the remaining areas of disagreement.”