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Visit by Simon Coveney, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to London

 

 

Visit by Simon Coveney, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to London

 

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade will visit London on Wednesday for a series of high-level engagements with members of the British Government and members of the opposition. The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss the ongoing Brexit negotiations, as well as the current political situation in Northern Ireland. 

 

Speaking in advance of the visit, the Tánaiste said:

 

“I am pleased to once again be visiting London to meet with members of the British Government, and I am looking forward to a good exchange on the current state of play in the Brexit negotiations, as well as the current situation in Northern Ireland. 

 

Speaking on Brexit, the Tánaiste stated:

 

“Everything, including all elements of the Withdrawal Agreement and the framework for the future relationship, needs to be wrapped up by October. 

What is needed now is for the negotiations to be intensified. Lack of progress on the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, including the backstop, in recent rounds of negotiations is very disappointing. It is important that the UK delivers on the clear commitments and guarantees it provided in December and again in March. The time for postponing decisions has passed.  I will be interested in hearing from key members of the British Government on how the UK intends to move the negotiations forward in the coming weeks.”

 

Speaking on Northern Ireland, the Tánaiste also said:

 

“I’m also looking forward to meeting with Secretary of State Karen Bradley, as we continue to discuss how both Governments can work together to end the current impasse and to secure the formation of a new power sharing Executive, a fully functioning Northern Ireland Assembly and the resumption of meetings of the North South Ministerial Council.”

 

 

ENDS

Press Office 

July 3rd 2018