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Agreement on NI protocol before Christmas is ‘unrealistic’ – Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said an agreement between the UK and the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol before Christmas is “unrealistic”.

Coveney was speaking in London ahead of talks with UK Brexit Minister David Frost and Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis.

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“I don’t think there’ll be a full deal on all issues related to the protocol before Christmas. I think that would be unrealistic at this stage,” Coveney said.

“But I think some things can be agreed this side of Christmas, hopefully, as I say, giving certainty to people in Northern Ireland in terms of the supply of medicines from Great Britain into Northern Ireland.”

Talks aimed at resolving the disagreements between the EU and the UK on the Northern Ireland Protocol are continuing.

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