IT would appear that Ireland is going to be a major stumbling block to a successful Brexit deal as the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney said “I’m really worried about where Brexit is going – and I don’t mind saying that publicly.”
His general downbeat observations came within hours on his first meeting with the new Northern Ireland Secretary of State (the fourth in two and a half years) and whilst saying that he doesn´t want to be a “prophet of doom”, he added ““I don’t know whether that is a deliberate strategy, I think it probably has to be, on the British side.
“Prime Minister Johnson has put a cabinet together which is really about ensuring that there is no dissent on the Brexit question.”
It´s all down to the checking or lack of checking of goods moving in and out of Ulster from both the UK and Eire and according to a report in the Sunday Times officials in Taskforce Europe run by the Prime Minister´s European Union negotiator David Frost, they are looking for ways to evade Irish Sea checks on goods going from the mainland to Northern Ireland.
This has been denied by a government spokesman who stated the UK will “comply with its obligations”, but France has also made it clear that it will not support a deal if there is any attempt to evade the spirit of the Withdrawal Agreement.
The UK Cabinet was due to publish its proposal for review by the EU on Thursday February 27.