Brexit: EU ‘won’t be rushed’ on trade deal, says Simon Coveney

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Media captionSimon Coveney: “Just since British law says something, doesn’t meant that law relates to a other 27 countries”

The EU “will not be rushed” on a trade understanding with a UK after Brexit, according to Ireland’s emissary PM.

Boris Johnson says a understanding can be concluded by a finish of 2020 and has enclosed a oath in his Brexit check not to extend any transition duration to secure one.

But Simon Coveney says it is “probably going to take longer than a year”.

Security Minister Brandon Lewis shielded Mr Johnson’s deadline, observant he had a “strong record of removing things done”.

After a UK leaves a EU on 31 January, it will enter an 11-month transition period, where it will mostly follow EU manners though will not have any illustration in a bloc’s institutions.

This duration will come to an finish on 31 Dec and Mr Johnson has ruled out fluctuating it any serve if a understanding on a destiny attribute between a UK and EU has not been agreed.

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The guarantee is enclosed in a primary minister’s Brexit bill, that was voted by by MPs progressing this week and will now conduct to a House of Lords before apropos law.

But antithesis parties have lifted concerns about a tough deadline, observant it creates another proceed of a UK withdrawal though a deal.

Speaking on a BBC’s Andrew Marr programme, Mr Coveney pronounced he supposed a UK was withdrawal a EU during a finish of January, and he hoped for a destiny understanding to “achieve a closest probable relationship” between a dual sides.

But he warned there was “no proceed of a UK… progressing a same attribute we have currently while outward a European Union,” adding: “That is a existence of Brexit, I’m afraid.”

Media captionSecurity Minister Brandon Lewis: “We’re unequivocally desirous for a good, holistic agreement opposite security”

Mr Coveney pronounced Mr Johnson had “set a unequivocally desirous timetable” in his bill.

“Just since a British council decides that British law says something doesn’t meant that law relates to a other 27 countries of a European Union,” he added.

“The European Union will proceed this on a basement of removing a best understanding possible, a satisfactory and offset deal, to safeguard a UK and a EU can correlate as friends in a future.

“But a EU will not be rushed on this only since Britain passes law.”

The emissary primary apportion (Tanaiste) pronounced a EU had “constantly warned [Mr Johnson’s] timeframe is ambitious, if not unrealistic”.

“From an EU perspective, we will try to proceed all of these unequivocally critical and supportive areas with a clarity of partnership and friendship.

“But during a same time, they are complex… [and] in my view, it is substantially going to take longer than a year. But we will have to wait and see.”

Media captionEU arch Ursula von der Leyen says a UK and a EU will sojourn “best of friends and partners”

Government apportion Mr Lewis certified a negotiations would be difficult, though he disagreed with Mr Coveney’s comment of a timetable.

“I consider we can do it,” he told Andrew Marr. “I consider it can be done, not only since both parties… are committed to doing it, and wish to do it, though we are a nation that has already got a famous settlement of work with a EU.

“Therefore removing a holistic agreement in a subsequent 12 months is achievable”.

Mr Coveney’s comments followed a debate by new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen progressing this week, saying it would be “impossible” to strech a extensive trade understanding by a finish of 2020.

She warned that though an prolongation to a transition duration over 2020 “you can't design to determine each singular aspect of a new partnership”. She called a deadline “very tight”.

Mrs von der Leyen, a former German counterclaim minister, took over from Jean-Claude Juncker during a start of December. She met Mr Johnson for talks in London final week.

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