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THE NEW IRISH FAMINE – DEVOID OF IDEAS – INFECTED BY THE EU AND COVID BUT NEEDS THE UK MORE THAN THE US

Ireland chaos: Brexit panic as Dublin leaders hit by coronavirus – Varadkar on alert

THE danger to Ireland if the UK severs ties with the EU at the end of the year without a trade deal in place was stressed by the country’s foreign minister Simon Coveney during a meeting with Northern Irish political leaders.

PUBLISHED: 14:54, Thu, Sep 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:11, Thu, Sep 24, 2020

 

Brexit: Coveney says UK ‘must follow through on commitments’

 

Meanwhile Taoiseach and Fianna Fail leader ‘s struggling coalition government has been dealt a further blow after it was revealed four ministers – including his predecessor as Irish leader Leo Varadkar – are currently restricting their movements as a result of coronavirus concerns. , of Fine Gael, is one of them – but was nevertheless clear to meet Sinn Fein vice president , SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Alliance leader Naomi Long and Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey in Dublin, during which time he outlined his concerns.

Ireland is deeply concerned by the implications of the Internal Market Bill, which would give Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Government the power to override some aspects of the withdrawal agreement with the EU in relation to the Northern Ireland protocol.

 

Mr Coveney used the meeting to outline his Government’s “very real concern” at the UK Government’s plans

 

Afterwards, he said: “Since the beginning of the Brexit process, Ireland and the EU have been committed to finding a solution which works for the people of Northern Ireland and for the island as a whole.

Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is currently restricting his movements as a coronavirusprecaution (Image: GETTY)

Simon Coveney

Simon Coveney is Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs (Image: GETTY)

There was strong agreement this morning on the vital importance of implementing the protocol in full and in good faith

Simon Coveney

“The protocol does this. There was strong agreement this morning on the vital importance of implementing the protocol in full and in good faith.

“We also noted the particular challenges facing business in Northern Ireland.

“They need certainty, and this needs to be delivered through full implementation of the protocol.”

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Leo Varadkar Paschal Donohoe

Paschal Donohoe, pictured with Mr Varadkar, is also take precautions (Image: GETTY)

Apart from Mr Varadkar, who has nevertheless tested negative for the illness, and Mr Coveney, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly are also taking precautions.

A statement issued by Mr Varadkar said: “Yesterday I was informed that I was a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. I was swabbed yesterday and the test has come back negative.

“In line with public health advice, I will be restricting my movements to home and outdoor exercise.

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