EU president Ursula von der Leyen 'very confident' of deal to end Brexit row ... trends now
Speaking on a two-day visit to Dublin, Ms von der Leyen insisted Brussels would show a 'constructive approach' to the dispute about post-Brexit trade rules.
She also stressed the EU had been 'listening very carefully to the concerns of people and businesses' over the impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Ms von der Leyen's comments will further boost hopes of an imminent breakthrough in ongoing talks over the Protocol.
Both the EU and UK have recently pointed to improved 'mood music' around discussions, as both sides look to move beyond a bitter spat over Britain's threat to unilaterally tear up the Protocol using new legislation at Westminster.
Ursula von der Leyen said she was 'very confident' a deal could be struck to end the Brexit row over Northern Ireland
The European Commission president was greeted in Dublin by Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin
Ms von der Leyen warned the EU's 'very close co-operation' with Ireland on Brexit issues would not weaken
Unionists in Northern Ireland fear the Protocol has weakened their position as part of the United Kingdom
The Protocol was designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.
But Britain has attacked the EU for being too rigid in its implementation of the