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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

UK and EU need space to focus on protocol negotiations – Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said UK and EU negotiating teams need space to continue working on negotiating on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The two sides have been in negotiations over the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is designed to prevent checks along the Irish border.


Coveney said he believed both sides were serious about trying to find a solution to the issues caused by the Protocol.

“I think both are serious in terms of their engagement now with each other, to try and find a way forward on practical things that can reduce the impact of the protocol on the ground,” he said.

“I think now is a time to try to give space to the negotiators.”


“I think a lot has happened this year. A lot of that has not been good in terms of building trust between the two sides,” he continued.

“I think instead of focusing on who’s at fault there I think, for now, we should certainly be giving both Lord Frost and his team and vice president Sefcovic and his team, the time and space to really get into the detail of negotiations.”


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