Irish minister welcomes UK-EU Brexit negotiation agreement

Irish minister welcomes UK-EU Brexit negotiation agreement

Simon Coveney (left) said the Irish government would give the approval to move onto phase two

Friday, December 8, 2017

An Irish minister has said Ireland supports the Brexit negotiations moving on to the next phase. 

Friday morning saw Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker announce a key breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations

The issue which had continued to dominate the talks - the subject of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic - has apparently ended in agreement from both sides, with the UK making a firm committment to maintaining an open border. 

If no definitive solution on Ireland is found in further Brexit talks, the UK will maintain "full alignment" with those aspects of the single market and customs union which facilitate trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic and protect the Good Friday Agreement.

Simon Coveney, the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the government in Dublin supported a move onto the next phase of the negotiations in light of this agreement. 

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said talks cannot progress to the crucial trade stage until the EU's 27 member-states have given their own approval.

However this is now expected to be a formality following the endorsement of Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.