Ireland ready to accept 21-month delay to Brexit

Ireland ready to accept 21-month delay to Brexit

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Dublin, Feb 26 : Ireland’s foreign minister has reassured the UK that Ireland won’t stand in the way of the European Union accepting a 21-month delay to Brexit.

Simon Coveney said the focus at this late stage was to provide reassurance to the UK and resolve outstanding issues, said an Euronews report.

“We have said consistently that if there’s a request for more time and a plan to go with that in order to try to deal with the outstanding issues Ireland certainly wouldn’t be standing in the way,” he told after a speech at the UN Human Rights Council.

“But really, I think the focus should be on trying to resolve the outstanding issues at this stage rather than extending Article 50.”

Coveney said Ireland could be flexible on British worries over the border and the Irish backstop, an insurance policy to ensure no hard border returns to the island of Ireland.