Thursday 22 August 2019

Border fix for Ireland 'may not be dealt with until autumn summit'

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Picture: PA
Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Picture: PA
John Downing

John Downing

The crucial matter of finding a solution to the Irish Border following Brexit is likely to be pushed back to October, it is understood.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney travels to Germany tomorrow to keep up pressure for a solution for the Irish Border after Brexit.

Mr Coveney will present a detailed briefing to Cabinet colleagues in Dublin tomorrow morning before departing for a series of meetings in Berlin and Munich.

The minister is due to appear before the German parliament's influential EU committee and meet with other key politicians in Berlin.

The Tánaiste will then travel on to the Bavarian capital of Munich for meetings with regional political leaders and business people.

These meetings come amid a growing realisation that the issue is now likely to drift beyond an EU leaders' summit in Brussels on June 28.

Brussels diplomats now suggest the crunch will come at a similar summit in October.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will meet UK Brexit minister David Davis in Brussels today.

Negotiating teams will also focus on the document published by the London government last Thursday, which was heavily criticised by the EU - but not fully rejected.

Irish Independent

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