& noted ‘there is no political voice from NI in the negotiations dealing with these important issues.’
He downplayed impce of xbdr trade for IRL but noted 'emotional dimensions'.
He bemoaned vacuum in Stormont: 'the longer we leave it the harder it will be...to get this fixed'.
He noted: ‘The tremendous achievement of the GFA & the Irish peace process is that no political party in Ireland, N or S, is asking for a hard border or to in any way obstruct the free movement of people, goods & services.'
He voiced concern at poss ambiguity in new wording re: future use of existing infrastructure & queried if definition of N/S coop =too narrow to protect existing breadth.