Irish government hits back after UK accused it of sabotaging Brexit deal

Irish government hits back after UK accused it of sabotaging Brexit deal

THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has hit back at claims from Downing Street that it had sabotaged a potential Brexit deal.

Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday that his administration was working "flat out" for a deal, despite accusations from the UK government that they had virtually sabotaged any chance of a compromise between the two nations.

Describing the reports of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar being totally inflexible over the backstop as "misinformation," Coveney said at a press conference in Dublin: "No country wants a deal more than Ireland but we will not strike a deal at any cost."

He added that there were "conflicting reports" coming from London, and while he refused to name-drop any politicians, he said that Ireland were being "pressured" by the UK into accepting a less-than-adequate deal.

Coveney also said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent Brexit proposal was a "step forward" in the negotiation process, despite the awful press surrounding it, and insisted that both countries need to work tirelessly to find a solution.


"There is an ongoing conversation in Brussels and we want to contribute to that in a constructive way ... the taoiseach wants to find a compromise that works. But he is not willing to be boxed into a corner," he said.

This comes directly after a No 10 source was revealed on Tuesday to have accused the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, of making a deal impossible. Brussels responded by accusing Johnson of trying to play a "stupid blame game".