Nothing to lose from talking about Brexit
After a bad start, the governments on either side of the Border have now committed to work together on Brexit.
Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster justifiably took umbrage at Taoiseach Enda Kenny's cack-handed approach to an all-island forum on Brexit, announcing its setting-up before even consulting with her. She flatly snubbed the invitation.
The North-South ministerial council is a well-established means for ministers in both administrations to deal with issues of mutual interest. It affords the opportunity for as much engagement as either side is comfortable with, without putting a new structure in place, which would cause tensions over who is calling the shots.