The Foreign Minister of Ireland, Simon Coveney has expressed his concerns about the trade negotiations between the Britain and the European Union after he consulted with the chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier on May 5.
The EU-Britain talks have been hit by complications after its resumption in late April. The EU-British talks are scheduled to take place on May 11 and will be one of two remaining before the E.U. makes its assessment of progress in early July.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said, “The truth is that progress has not been good…The necessary progress really isn’t there.”
He added, “Unless there is significant progress in those negotiating rounds then I think we are going to reach yet another crisis point in the Brexit negotiations, which from the Irish point of view is very, very serious.”
“The U.K. seems to want to simply pick the areas where they want to deal early and solely focus on those… The E.U. has made it very clear that that is not an approach that they can work with”, he added.