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Tánaiste: Ireland won't be 'collateral damage' to Brexit deal | TheJournal.ie |

Britain is racing toward its 31 October departure without an exit agreement and faces the threat of economic disruption that the government admits could cause food shortages and spark civil unrest.

Barclay and Barnier discussed three papers submitted by London with ideas on replacing the so-called `backstop' provisions in the Brexit deal struck last year but rejected by British lawmakers.

"There is significant work still to do but there are serious discussions that are taking place," Barclay said after the talks.

    "We are moving forward with momentum, talks
    will continue next week between the technical teams."

However, the European Commission, which leads Brexit talks for the remaining 27 member states, gave a more sober assessment, stressing that the British papers amounted to no more than "a first set of concepts, principles and ideas".


This meeting comes after Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that Ireland is aware of the consequences of a no-deal but it won't be "collateral damage" to any Brexit deal.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Coveney said: "The Irish position is that we want to find a solution, we want to get a deal, and we want to allow the UK to leave the EU in an orderly and sensible manner but we cannot let Ireland be the collateral damage of that.

Coveney was responding to comments made by Barclay, who had suggested that the alternative solution to the backstop may not be needed until the end of 2020.

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by Oui on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 05:20:31 PM EST

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