‘UK under siege!’ Britons furious as Ireland attempts to slap Boris with Brexit deadline

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Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney once again piled into the Brexit debate, warning there is now mounting pressure on the UK and European Union to begin resolving the matter before the loyalist marching season in June. Speaking after a meeting with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic, he said: “The last thing we want to see is moving into a marching season this summer, without Covid-19 restrictions keeping people in their homes, without many of these issues resolved politically.

“So, I think there is a pressure that we find a way to come up with solutions by some point in June, and I think the Commission is very much aware of that and I’m sure the British government is too.”

He added: “It’s not for me as an Irish minister to be setting deadlines.

“My role in this is to work as part of the EU, but also to reach out to colleagues in London as well, and of course in Belfast, to find a sensible, pragmatic way forward here that everyone can live with.”

But the warning from Mr Coveney has sparked a furious reaction from Britons as post-Brexit tensions between the sides once again threaten to boil over.

Reacting to our original story, one Express.co.uk reader raged: “It’s almost like the UK is under siege.

“The ROI wants their share, France wants our Fish and vaccines, the EU want’s their cut and the whole world want’s access to the UK taxpayer/NHS, even if it means getting into a dingy!”

A second person fumed at the involvement from Irish Foreign Minister, and said: “This is for you to solve Coveney.

“It’s for the ROI and EU only and nothing to do with the UK.”

Another Express.co.uk reader commented: “The Dublin government and EU should have nothing to do with Northern Ireland as it’s not theirs, it’s British.

“Are we forgetting that?!”

A fourth person simply wrote: “All Ireland has to do is leave the EU then its all sorted.”

Several readers again demanded Prime Minister Mr Johnson tear up the Brexit deal with the EU following months of bad feeling between the two sides.

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One wrote: “Rip up the agreement and then let the EU put up border posts if that’s what they want as we will not it’s their problem.”

Mr Coveney believes a meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee, which implements the Northern Ireland Protocol, could take place at the start of June.

This would be chaired by European Commission vice-president Mr Sefcovic and UK counterpart Lord Frost.

The Irish Foreign Minister is hopeful such a meeting could open routes for a roadmap to manage and implement the Protocol.

He has urged both sides to work together “technically, legally and politically” in order to reach a joint veterinary agreement that would “reduce the need for the majority of inspections at ports in Northern Ireland.”

The EU has continued has the UK this would require London to align with the bloc’s food safety and animal health rules to reduce the number of checks and controls on the Irish Sea.

But Britain is standing firm on the matter, instead demanding an “equivalence” agreement to measure outcomes.

Mr Coveney told RTE News: “The British position has been clear for many months that they would like to see equivalence of standards recognised in the UK and the EU’s position is equally firm and clear that they can’t do that legally without setting a precedent for a whole load of other third countries that the EU has a relationship with, so instead what they want is alignment with EU rules on sanctuary and phytosanitary veterinary standards.

“There is going to be a need for a solution that is somewhat different to both of those purist positions if you like, and I think that’s what technical teams are looking at the moment, and whether it’s possible to put that together. We’ll have to wait and see.”

He added: “There are various ideas being discussed, but it isn’t a straightforward issue and a lot of countries in the EU are watching how the Commission resolves this because, of course, the most important issue for the EU is that we protect the integrity of our own single market and the member states within it.”

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