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Coveney to meet UK foreign secretary for talks on Brexit

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is to meet UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt on Wednesday in London to discuss the ongoing Brexit talks

Nov 02

21:50
2018

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is to meet UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt on Wednesday in London to discuss the ongoing Brexit talks and the prospects for holding a summit this month to try to finalise the legal agreement on the UK’s exit.

Mr Coveney had previously scheduled meetings with senior French ministers in Paris on Wednesday afternoon, but has decided to meet his UK counterpart on the way. UK and EU officials are trying to find a way to address the Irish Border backstop, the key outstanding issue in finalising the withdrawal agreement, the legal text paving the way for the UK’s departure.

The backstop is intended as a guarantee to ensure there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland, no matter what the outcome is of future trade talks. However the EU’s proposal on how the backstop would work has been rejected by the UK.

After the meeting in London, Mr Coveney will travel to Paris to meet the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the European affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau. France has been a strong supporter of Ireland on the Border issue.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is to meet UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt on Wednesday in London to discuss the ongoing Brexit talks and the prospects for holding a summit this month to try to finalise the legal agreement on the UK’s exit.

Mr Coveney had previously scheduled meetings with senior French ministers in Paris on Wednesday afternoon, but has decided to meet his UK counterpart on the way.

UK and EU officials are trying to find a way to address the Irish Border backstop, the key outstanding issue in finalising the withdrawal agreement, the legal text paving the way for the UK’s departure. The backstop is intended as a guarantee to ensure there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland, no matter what the outcome is of future trade talks. However the EU’s proposal on how the backstop would work has been rejected by the UK.

After the meeting in London, Mr Coveney will travel to Paris to meet the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the European affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau. France has been a strong supporter of Ireland on the Border issue.