Talking to Euronews amid a fresh round of UK-EU discussions underway on Monday,” Simon Coveney said that he thought there was”an understanding about what that bargain could seem like”, however, there was”a major gap between both sides”.
“The most significant issue is that we’re able to find the ideal results, and if this requires a little bit more, then so be it,” he explained.
“There’s an understanding regarding exactly what a bargain may seem like by people involved in the discussion.
“But getting the specialized language and legal terminology that stands up to become a global treaty is a true challenge.”
When asked if he thought the UK knew the EU’s concerns concerning the customs union and the only market in Ireland, he said: “I believe they must know it.”
“There is no way [Chief EU negotiator] Michel Barnier and his taskforce will sign off to a bargain unless it accommodates, entirely, the worries of the EU about protecting the integrity of the EU single market and customs union in the circumstance of any remedy on the island of Ireland.”
Coveney also included that it had been the UK’s duty to offer you an alternative arrangement into the Irish backstop — that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson would like to scrap.
He explained: “It’s a British prime minister who has insisted on attempting to take out the backstop in the withdrawal arrangement.
“And we have always said that in case you would like to remove something, you have got to replace it with anything else which does the same task — that is not an unreasonable request”
His remarks came amid an essential week at the Brexit process that’s underway across Belgium and Luxembourg.
Since negotiators from the united kingdom and the EU go back to the table in Brussels to attempt to procure a revised withdrawal arrangement before the October 31 deadline, both the EU Council and national leaders will also be preparing to get a two-day summit beginning Thursday.