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The European Union is keen to supply Keir Starmer a brand new deal on post-Brexit points, the Irish prime minister has indicated.

Simon Harris mentioned was “space” to work extra intently with the UK – and Ireland could be an ally in any negotiations.

His feedback had been welcomed by the brand new enterprise secretary Jonathan Reynolds, who mentioned the UK ought to discover methods to enhance commerce relations with the bloc.

But he dominated out any return to freedom of motion.

(Sky News)

“Removing some of those barriers to trade makes sense”, he advised the Sunday Morning With Trevor Phillips programme on Sky News, including: “We’ve talked about recognising each others’ professional qualifications, again completely sensible, pragmatic.

“If you are in the creative industries you’ve really suffered in your ability to move around the EU… These are practical things.”

But pressed on free motion, he mentioned: “We’re not open to the free movement of people, that is something that is part of membership of the EU and, as I said, we’re not revisiting that.”

He added that going ahead “a relationship to Europe that is not determined by the internal politics of the Conservative Party is very much in the national interest in the UK.

“So we’re not going to revisit those constitutional arguments, but of course where it’s in the mutual interest of both the European Union and the UK to work together, that good faith relationship has got to make sense.”

In one of his first acts in government, Sir Keir held a telephone call with the Taoiseach and invited him to Downing Street on 17 July.

Asked if there would be a willingness to renegotiate parts of the Brexit deal, Mr Harris said: “I do absolutely think there would be a fair hearing for any proposal that the British government or indeed that the EU has about ironing out practical issues in terms of having a relationship that works.”

He mentioned Brexit had occurred and the British individuals had made their determination.

“But absolutely is there space to have a veterinary agreement, is their space in terms of student mobility, is their space to work closer together on issues? I think there absolutely is. And I do think there would be a willingness in Europe to have those conversations in due course, should that be the wish of the British government.”

Irish PM Simon Harris (Gareth Chaney/PA)
Irish PM Simon Harris (Gareth Chaney/PA) (PA Wire)

He added that Ireland could be an “ally” of a better relationship between Britain and the EU.

He mentioned: “It is obviously important that Britain and the European Union continue to be good neighbours and it is absolutely in Ireland’s interest that we facilitate that in every way we can around any European table.

Mr Reynolds said he welcomed Mr Harris’s “constructive attitude”.

Labour had campaigned through the election to “respect Brexit, to not revisit those constitutional arguments”, he mentioned.

But on commerce, he added: “If we can sell more whisky, more salmon to a market which is so significant to us, of course we should explore an opportunity like that…

“So we’re not going to revisit these constitutional arguments, however in fact the place it is within the mutual curiosity of each the European Union and the UK to work collectively that good religion relationship has bought to make sense.”