Sunday 17 November 2019

Richard Bruton brands Washington spy allegations 'very disconcerting'

Kathryn Hayes

THE Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has described allegations that Washington spied on the European Union and other allies as "very disconcerting" but insisted clarification on what exactly took place is still need.

Speaking in Limerick today Minister Bruton said the negotiations have enormous potential for both Europe and US but only if they are conducted on a fair basis.

"Clearly it's very disconcerting but I think we need to wait full clarification I know equally that these negotiations have huge potential both for Europe and the United States so I think was have to await clarification.

“But I remain of the belief that we need good strong negotiations but it has to be on a fair basis and if we enter into it on that basis we will deliver something worth while and for our economies on both sides of the Atlantic."

The EU has strongly demanded that the United States explain a report that Washington is spying on the group, saying that, if true, the alleged surveillance was “shocking”.

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