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Simon Coveney announced that he did not believe there would be an end to the dispute before Christmas – meaning talks may well drag on after the New Year. But Express.co.uk were fuming with this, deeming the EU as “bad guys” in the discussions.
Simon Coveney announced that he did not believe there would be an end to the dispute before Christmas – meaning talks may well drag on after the New Year.
But Express.co.uk were fuming with this, deeming the EU as “bad guys” in the discussions.
DBanker wrote: “Let's face what's really going on here.
“Behind the scenes, they all have the solution for this problem, but they need to sell that solution, and they need to create bluster and come across as being hard to get, before slipping the solution that most people are not going to like, probably around Christmas time when most won't care.
“Same happened for the Brexit Deal, same will happen here."
Another reader wrote: “The EU wanted to withhold food and medicine from NI to punish and encourage unification.
The EU have been branded "bad guys"
Simon Coveney said an agreement may not be reached come Christmas
“It's not working and now the EU finds themselves in a hole because of their nasty spiteful behaviour.
The world knows who the intolerant bad guys are.”
Rha wrote: “Brexit talks don’t need to drag on till next year.
“Lord David set a time table of 5 December to trigger Article 16 so 3 days and counting.”
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Straight Talking 1960 said: “Yawn the UK changing deadlines is getting rather tedious Cowardly and boring.
“Just Revoke Article 16 and rip up Brexit agreement altogether and go.”
Simon Coveney made clear that progress was unlikely to be made before Christmas.
He said: “While that progress is possible, it’s important to encourage both sides to try to find landing zones and compromise positions on important issues.
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"In particular on the guarantee of supply of medicines into Northern Ireland from Great Britain, which is something that I know both teams have been trying to resolve in recent weeks, and hopefully we can make progress on soon.
“I don’t think there’ll be a full deal on all issues related to the protocol before Christmas.
"I think that would be unrealistic at this stage, but I think some things can be agreed this side of Christmas, hopefully, as I say, giving certainty to people in Northern Ireland in terms of the supply of medicines from Great Britain into Northern Ireland.
“Certainly the EU is very anxious to move that issue on, and they believe that they have a solution that hopefully can work for the British side as well.”