Ireland says Brexit trade talks timeline 'virtually impossible'

Ireland says Brexit trade talks timeline 'virtually impossible'

FILE PHOTO: Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney
FILE PHOTO: Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaks to media in a count centre, during Ireland's national election, in Cork, Ireland, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

DUBLIN: The coronavirus pandemic has made an already difficult timeline for a British-European Union trade deal "virtually impossible", Ireland's foreign minister said, cautioning that he did wish to raise expectations of London seeking more time.

"Given the complexity of what we're trying to deal with here and the added complications, and there are many, as a result COVID-19, it surely makes sense for us to seek a bit more time," Simon Coveney told an online conference on Friday (May 8).

"I think anybody looking at this from the outside could only conclude it makes sense to look for more time but I wouldn't be raising expectations to the British government agreeing to seek more time ... COVID-19 has made what is already a very, very difficult timeline to get agreement virtually impossible."

Source: Reuters

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