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UK dismisses EU’s protocol proposals ‘over and over again’ – Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said the United Kingdom Government dismisses the European Unions (EU) proposals on the Northern Ireland Protocol “over and over again”.

The comments come as Coveney questioned whether the UK Government wanted a breakdown in relations with the EU on Saturday.

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Coveney was responding to reports that the UK Brexit Minister David Frost will make removing the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Northern Ireland a red-line issue.

Coveney tweeted: “EU working seriously to resolve practical issues with implementation of Protocol – so UKG (UK Government) creates a new “red line” barrier to progress, that they know EU can’t move on…. are we surprised?”

“Real Q: Does UKG actually want an agreed way forward or a further breakdown in relations?”

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Coveney said this morning that the UK’s proposals are even more serious this week, given the comprehensive practical proposals the EU is bringing forward.

Coveney continued to say this is being seen across the EU as “the same pattern, over and over again” by the UK Government.

IMAGE -“Simon Coveney TD, Tánaiste and Minister” (CC BY 2.0) by Chatham House, London/ “PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020” is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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