Comments from Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney

Ireland feels like the UK is trying to steamroll them into making changes to the Irish backstop but will stand its ground.

"The responsibility to resolve this problem ... needs to lie where the problem is, which is in London, not Dublin.

"We would be very foolish if we allowed the onus to solve that problem to switch away from Westminster to Dublin.

"We will not be steamrolled in this process," he said.

UK foreign minister Jeremy Hunt last week said the only thing that was standing between parliament and a deal was the Irish backstop but that still isn't a solution, Coveney said.

"Unfortunately what some in London seem to be advocating for now is that we would talk about alternative arrangements and replace the backstop with those alternative arrangements without them standing up to scrutiny.

"That is a very unreasonable ask," he told RTE.