Irish foreign minister says UK unilateral action ‘never works’

This comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at the G7 meeting that he would not hesitate to take unilateral action on the current trading restrictions between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.  [EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER]

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has warned the British government that “unilateral action, when it comes to sensitive issues in Northern Ireland never works,” the Irish Times has reported.

Coveney’s comment comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at the G7 meeting that he would not hesitate to take unilateral action on the current trading restrictions between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

If the UK authorities were to act unilaterally it would be “really problematic and it’s going to take this process backwards, not forwards,” said Coveney.

“I think that is going to be a very strong message coming from Dublin to London,” he added.

“The way in which we solve problems in Northern Ireland is always on the basis of Dublin, London working together. And in this case, it’s got to be on the basis of London and the EU, working together to try and find a pragmatic way forwards,” the foreign minister said. (Paula Kenny | EURACTIV.com)

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