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Ireland admits no deal Brexit a ‘failure’ –but demands Boris Johnson make more concessions

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Ireland’s deputy premier insisted Boris Johnson still has to move much closer to Brussels’ plan if he wants to reach an agreement by the end of the week. After meeting Michel Barnier in Brussels, Mr Coveney said despite British concessions, work still remains to be done on customs and the consent mechanism for the Northern Ireland Assembly. But he remained upbeat despite a bleak mood emerging from London throughout the day.

Mr Coveney told reporters: “I don’t think things have reached an impasse but there are certainly significant gaps to close.

“There is still a determination on the EU side to work to try and find a way of getting a deal but clearly the UK will need to move on some of the positions that were outlined last week to enable that to happen.

“We know the progress that was made in terms of Prime Minister Johnson’s proposals last week, particularly in terms of alignment for agri-food and goods, but the issues of customs and the issue of governance and consent of any new proposal is where the problem is and there is a real gap there between the two negotiating teams.”

The Irishman said a no deal Brexit would represent an “extraordinary failure of politics”, promising to continue working towards an agreement.

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But Mr Coveney did question some of the language emerging out of London.

He said: “There are some in the UK who seem to be planning for a general election ahead of trying to plan to get a deal.

“In the context of some of the pressure that has put on and some of the commentary, we’ve seen over the last 24 hours… To be honest with you, we’re just ignoring it.”

His meeting in Brussels followed a 40-minute phone call between Mr Johnson and Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister.

The two leaders promised to meet at the end of the week after their “constructive” discussions.

EU Parliament president David Sassoli also met with Mr Johnson today at Downing Street.

“There are two alternatives to a deal at this juncture: extension or no deal,” said the Brussels chief.

“On an extension, the Parliament is open to this possibility, should there be a good reason or purpose for this.

“But requesting an extension is a matter for the UK and it is not my place to comment on the political controversies or legal issues that are being debated in the United Kingdom.

“As far as no deal is concerned, we are very clear that this would be a very negative outcome. It will be economically damaging to both parties, in particular to the UK.

“It will have very serious consequences on the island of Ireland. It will increase uncertainty for business and above all for citizens. No deal would clearly be the responsibility of the UK government.”

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He added: “We have examined the UK proposals to replace the original backstop and our response is that these are a long way from something to which the Parliament could agree. In addition, they are not immediately operable.

“Negotiations, I know, are continuing and the Parliament, through its Brexit Steering Group, is being kept fully informed by Michel Barnier of the progress on those talks.”

Talks are expected to resume in Brussels tomorrow, according to European sources.

A UK spokesman said: “Talks on the UK proposals continued today as planned.

“The sides agreed to meet again soon.”

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Ireland admits no deal Brexit a ‘failure’ -but demands Boris Johnson make more concessions

Ireland’s deputy premier insisted Boris Johnson still has to move much closer to Brussels’ plan if he wants to reach an agreement by the end of the week. After meeting Michel Barnier in Brussels, Mr Coveney said despite British concessions, work still remains to be done on customs and the consent mechanism for the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Ireland’s deputy premier insisted Boris Johnson still has to move much closer to Brussels’ plan if he wants to reach an agreement by the end of the week. After meeting Michel Barnier in Brussels, Mr Coveney said despite British concessions, work still remains to be done on customs and the consent mechanism for the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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