The president of the European Commission is meeting with the British Prime Minister today to try to strike a deal over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
President Ursula von der Leyen and Rishi Sunak will meet in London today for what are described as "final talks".
The British Prime Minister will need the support of eurosceptics within his own Conservative party, as well as the DUP and other unionists in the North.
The DUP says any deal must not include any checks on goods between the North and the rest of the UK.
Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, tweeted that he was in contact with President Ursula von der Leyen yesterday and he very much welcomes news of her meeting with Rishi Sunak in London today.
I was in contact with President @vonderleyen today and very much welcome news of a meeting in London between @vonderleyen and @RishiSunak tomorrow. We should acknowledge the level of engagement between the UK Gov, the European Commission and the NI parties in recent months
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) February 26, 2023
The post-Brexit trading arrangement is a key sticking point of a political stalemate between parties in the North, which is blocking the formation of a new executive at Stormont.