Coveney points the finger at UK

Irish Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Simon Coveney holds a reception for Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in Dublin, Ireland, 04 March 2020. [EPA-EFE/PHIL NOBLE]

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said the UK is to blame for the recent breakdown in trade negotiations with the EU, following UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim that talks were effectively at a deadlock.

Responding to comments from UK counterpart Michael Gove on Sunday that EU member states had given up on talks, Coveney said that it’s the UK “that’s moved away from commitments made a year ago and now has unrealistic demands.”

Coveney added on Twitter that both parties should get back to the negotiating table as soon as possible. Michel Barnier and the EU’s negotiating team will hold talks with the UK today in a bid to find common ground.

(Samuel Stolton |

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