“We should be able to get this deal done,” Simon Coveney says | Phil Noble — WPA Pool/Getty Images
Irish foreign minister optimistic of reaching limited post-Brexit deal
Simon Coveney tells POLITICO Dublin has US support in opposing UK’s Internal Market Bill.
By Ryan Heath
Updated 9/30/20, 7:53 AM CET
WASHINGTON — Dublin is optimistic that a limited Brexit deal can still be reached in the coming weeks, and believes it has bipartisan American support to thwart any effort by London to rewrite Brexit commitments, the Irish foreign minister said.
“We should be able to get this deal done,” Simon Coveney told POLITICO while on an official visit to Washington Tuesday.
He also said the Trump administration wants to see the dispute over the U.K.’s controversial Internal Market Bill resolved in a way that protects the 1998 Good Friday peace accord.
The legislation, which passed its final hurdle in the House of Commons Tuesday, seeks to give ministers powers to rewrite sections of the Withdrawal Agreement signed by the U.K. government and European Union last year — which the British side acknowledged would break international law. That would also pertain to provisions for Ireland’s border with Northern Ireland, which critics have warned could jeopardize the Good Friday Agreement that brought a close to years of violent conflict.
Coveney spoke to POLITICO following meetings with Mick Mulvaney, Washington’s special envoy to Northern Ireland, and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien. He said it was “reassuring” for Ireland to have “blunt messaging from Washington,