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Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson in Iveagh House earlier this month



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    1. Charger Salmons

      Not just those two countries.
      Getting early backing from the 26 other EU countries was down to excellent work by the Irish diplomatic service.
      But the reality is that if nearer the time of the signing of any trade deal it looks like the Irish border question might stymy the individual and vested economic interests of all those countries it’s hard to see them keeping up that support.
      It’s why there’s the perception that the European Commission has been using Ireland as a negotiating ploy for its own interests rather than Ireland’s.

      1. Helga.

        Our diplomatic service is a disaster. When push comes to shove we’ll do what Germany and France tells us to do. Our diplomatic service have achieved zero.

  1. dav

    No we don’t, but ALL 27 members need to agree before the talks can proceed beyond the 1st stage.
    The Irish Border is not part of Stage 2 talks, so this is the only time we can stand up to the british imposition of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

    1. b

      isn’t that the definition of a veto?

      A veto isn’t a card you hold up to halt proceedings, its the benefit of being in a group that needs to vote unanimously

    2. GiggidyGoo

      Would the UK still be a member as such when these votes happen ? I ask because the exit part of the EU wasn’t well written, so maybe they overlooked that aspect. Which, if true, would mean the UK might be the bad cog.

  2. Kim Cardassian

    We do under the special circumstances of Brexit but whether or not it will be respected is another matter.

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