Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney was out on the wires recently, reiterating that the EU is unwilling to reopen the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Key quotes (via Reuters)

  • No-deal Brexit would be “crazy” outcome of three years of Brexit negotiations.
  • UK parliament’s asks must be reasonable.
  • EU cannot remove backstop insurance and replace it with ‘wishful thinking’.
  • Time-limit to backstop would kick issue down in time, cannot be accepted.
  • Ireland spending hundreds of millions of euros preparing for no-deal Brexit.
  • Declaration on future ties is the area for manoeuvre on backstop assurances.
  • ‘We want to find ways’ to help pm may ratify Brexit deal in parliament.