Irish foreign minister on Brexit: ‘We won’t strike a deal at any cost’
04 December 2020 | 9:00 am
His country is very much at the heart of the as-yet unresolved Brexit negotiations, facing the prospect of a “no deal” scenario in the middle of a pandemic: FRANCE 24 spoke to Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. He says that bridging gaps such as the ones on fisheries and fair competition “is not an easy political compromise to strike” between Britain and the EU. Brexit however, has to be resolved “within days”, he says, warning that the absence of an agreement would result in “huge uncertainty and costs that both economies and societies can’t afford right now”.
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