Doubts about the post-Brexit deal persist in London and Dublin

An agreement on the relationship of the UK and the European Union after Brexit is achievable, but London and Dublin also agree that failure is possible. “I think we will succeed, that has been my forecast for a long time, but it would not shock me if everything collapses,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Monday. “We may not succeed,” warned British negotiator David Frost before taking part in the latest round of negotiations in Brussels.

Each team tries to blame the opposite for the recurring blockade. “We need to see more realism from the EU about what it means for the UK to be an independent state,” said the spokesman for Boris Johnson, who is confined to his Downing Street flat due to an alert in the chain of COVID-19 infections. 19.

Coveney, in turn, questioned whether the conservative government has “political appetite” to close a treaty in the “next 10 or 14 days”, the maximum time limit available. “I think it is more likely that we will reach a deal simply because the consequences of the no-deal are very significant and costly for the UK, Ireland and some other EU countries,” he added.

At the same time, Downing Street insisted that “nothing has changed” in the negotiating strategy since the double resignation of Johnson’s main adviser, Dominic Cumming, and his communications director. Both will flag to go to a hard ‘Brexit’ or to brave at the end of the transition period, on December 31. “We are working towards the agreement, but the only possible is one compatible with our sovereignty. That has been our consistent position from the beginning and I am not going to change it, ”Frost tweeted.