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Ireland will not sign off on a Brexit deal unless we protect Good Friday Agreement fully - Coveney
Irish Deputy PM/ Foreign min Coveney feels the need to tweet the part of the joint agreement where UK Gov & EU agreed commitments on Ireland “must be upheld”...
BREAKING: Ireland's dep PM - it's "hard to see" how hard border can b avoided if Brit govt leaves CU and SM. Coveney: "If Brit gov continues to pursue looking at leaving the customs union and single market..It's hard to see how you avoid border structures in that kind of context"
So, upshot of this morning's Boris Johnson and Coveney meeting: Ireland says 'no'. You can't move to 2nd phase of talks until Irish border solution on table.
Secretary Tillerson welcomed Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Trade Minister Simon Coveney to the Department of State in Washington, DC.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney: "Very good outcome for everyone on the island of Ireland, no hard border guaranteed "
I asked David Davis to respond to Coveney:
"I’m not conscious of anybody talking down the Good Friday Agreement, certainly nobody in government has.

"Everything that we’re doing is aiming towards ensuring we meet every aspect of it. So I don’t foresee that being a problem."
Coveney says Irish citizens in Northern Ireland will continue to enjoy all their rights as EU citizens - "The people of Northern Ireland who are Irish citizens will continue to enjoy rights as EU citizens, including where they reside in Northern Ireland"
“There is not an anti British bone in my body - Britain is a great country and we want a good deal. A good deal for Brit is a good deal for us, but Ireland will not be steamrolled in this issue.” Simon Coveney. Irish dep PM
Sky News presenter to Simon Coveney: 'Do you think that this week's kerfuffle has been necessary? Do you feel guilty?'
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