Dublin says concerned over UK’s decision to unilaterally alter terms of post-Brexit trade deal

Dublin says concerned over UK’s decision to unilaterally alter terms of post-Brexit trade deal

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Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn (L) talks to Irland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney (R) during the Foreign Affairs Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 16, 2022.

Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn (L) talks to Irland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney (R) during the Foreign Affairs Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 16, 2022. © John Thys, AFP

Ireland’s foreign minister said the lining up by Britain of new laws that would effectively override parts of a deal with the European Union on post-Brexit trade to Northern Ireland was of “great concern.” 

“I deeply regret the decision of the British government to introduce legislation in the coming weeks… The path chosen is of great concern,” Simon Coveney said after his British counterpart Liz Truss set out the plans on Tuesday.

‘In N. Ireland, the balance of sensitivities is very delicate’


“Such unilateral action in respect of an internationally binding agreement is damaging to trust and will serve only to make it more challenging to find solutions,” Coveney said in a statement that also welcomed London’s preference for a negotiated solution with the European Union.

(REUTERS) 

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