FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney attends a conference in Paris, France, August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union are not yet close to a Brexit deal that could safely resolve the Irish border riddle and London needs to come up with serious proposals, but the mood music has improved, Ireland said on Friday.
Hopes of a resolution to the tortuous three-year Brexit crisis were raised in recent days and sterling shot up to a 2-month high on Thursday when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a deal was possible.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney repeated that a deal was possible but cautioned that the gap was still wide and underscored the risks of a disorderly Brexit – civil unrest on the island of Ireland and a dislocation of trade.
“I think the mood music has improved,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told BBC radio. “We all want a deal, we all know that a no-deal will be a lose, lose, lose for everybody, but particularly for…