Irish Foreign Minister and Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Simon Coveney has said that no Brexit deal will be done this week.
The Cork Evening Echo quotes him as saying: “there was a hope that we would get a deal done this week. That’s now not going to happen but what’s required is for the two negotiating teams to continue after the European leaders meeting this week.”
Commenting, Luciana Berger MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Simon Coveney’s statement that no deal will be done this week only emphasises that the Brexit negotiations are now in a terrible mess, and that the UK is headed for a bad deal because Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG and the DUP are the people really in charge.
“Whether a deal is done this week or not, the gap between what was promised and what can be delivered is getting wider by the day. Far from showing how Brexit can work, its supporters are demonstrating every day why it cannot. Taxpayers are going to be hit with a £50 billion bill for an agreement that delivers nothing but uncertainty for the future, huge damage for British jobs and British business, as well as shrivelling the future of young people.
“The politicians can’t sort this mess out, only the people can. That is why thousands are coming to Saturday’s March for the Future, which will be the biggest Brexit march yet and why we are united in our demand for a People’s Vote on any deal, whenever it emerges.”
Notes to editors:
The Evening Echo’s report is here: https://www.eveningecho.ie/corknews/Coveney-insists-there-will-be-a-Brexit-deal--fb211a68-4e66-4c34-ad72-c17f52df43f8-ds