After years of wrangling over the Irish border, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said that Brexit trade deal can still be done with roadblocks overcome, it is “very doable”. Mr Coveney has also reeled in his criticism of Boris after changes to the withdrawal agreement were made saying that if a deal is found, then the internal market bill won’t be kicking in. Mr Coveney then commented on the current situation of the trade talks saying: “The incentive is there. “We know what the outstanding issues are and they are not insurmountable.”
Ireland is meeting with the EU chiefs where it’s been confirmed by their spokespeople that they will be saying that the only way to overcome the withdrawal bill amendment would be to offer the U.K. a “free trade deal without barriers”. It looks like the penny has finally dropped and the only option to avoid the amendment from kicking in is to do a free trade deal.