Tánaiste Simon Coveney meeting with Michel Barnier this morning
Tony Connelly, of RTÉ, reports:
The EU’s chief negotiator has said the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Irish backstop, was “the best deal possible” for the UK in the Brexit negotiations.
In an interview with RTÉ News, Mr Barnier dismissed reports of a bilateral arrangement between the UK and Ireland, saying the EU negotiated as one team.
Mr Barnier said the focus was now on the future relationship and the Political Declaration which sketches that relationship.
He said the EU was prepared to work again on the declaration to make it more “ambitious”.
Pic: Tony Connelly