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Taoiseach: No-Deal Brexit Would Be A 'Significant Failure'

Eoghan Murphy
Eoghan Murphy

2:42 PM - 7 Dec 2020



The Taoiseach has said it would be a “significant failure” if the EU and UK do not agree a post-Brexit trade deal this week.

Speaking this morning, Micheál Martin said it will be challenging to close the gaps that remain, but a deal can be done.

He was speaking after chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier gave a “gloomy and downbeat” assessment of where the talks were at.

Speaking to ambassadors and MEPs in Brussels this morning, he dismissed suggestions there had been a breakthrough on fisheries and said a deal must be reached by Wednesday.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said there is still a lot of work to do.

“Overall, I think it is in the best interests of all concerned that a proper trade deal is agreed,” he said.

“Because our respective economies across Europe and within the UK would suffer, unnecessarily in my view, in the event of a no deal.

“When I say unnecessarily, I mean a deal can be arrived at. I think it would be a significant failure if we were to end up with no deal.”



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