Comments by Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney

  • There needs to be give and take on both sides
  • This is the key week, we are running out of time
  • Has faith that Barnier can negotiate a balanced deal

The narrative at the end of last week is that getting to a deal is "tough" and that there are still "significant gaps" on the three key outstanding issues. But so far, both sides are now communicating better odds of achieving something.

I could be reading too much into the political theater/play-acting but just be mindful of earlier reports from last week suggesting that they could work out some technicality to get something across the finish line - for now at least.