FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney meets European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 8, 2019. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ireland’s foreign minister said on Tuesday there was still hope for a deal with Britain to smooth its exit from the European Union but more work needed to be done on customs arrangements to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Following a meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, Simon Coveney told reporters: “I don’t think that things have reached an impasse. But there are certainly significant gaps.”
“There is still a determination on the EU side to work to find a way of getting a deal but clearly the UK will need to move on some of the positions that were outlined last week.”
Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Gareth Jones