Swinson – Coveney’s comments show “time is running out” to find a solution to Northern Ireland border

Michel Barnier visited Ireland today and held a press conference with the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, as well as the Irish Tánaiste , Simon Coveney.

Mr Coveney made the following comments about the status of Brexit negotiations: “The British government has red lines all over the place and expects the EU to accommodate them...It is not OK for the British government to rule out a whole series of options and then pretend that somebody, somewhere is going to find a solution to find a way forward. The next move is Britain’s in the negotiations.”


 Commenting, Jo Swinson MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“With just a month to go until the vital June EU Council, the Government still have absolutely no idea how to avoid a hard border in Ireland while also dragging the UK out of the Customs Union and Single Market. As the Irish Government has made clear today, time is running out.

“It is self-evidently the Government’s own ludicrous and reckless red lines that are causing the problems and endangering the Good Friday Agreement.

“With the clock ticking and a solution no closer to being found, we need a People’s Vote on the terms of any Brexit deal so that the people of this country, including those who actually live in Northern Ireland, can express their view on the terms of any Brexit deal.”