Ireland says progress on border insufficient for 2nd phase of Brexit talks

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Thursday that Ireland has not yet seen sufficient progress on the issue of the border with Northern Ireland to allow Brexit talks to move on, as quoted by Reuters. The second phase of the talks, on trade, is scheduled to begin next month. “We need a lot more clarity and a lot more credibility around the parameters by which we will work out how to maintain the largely invisible border on the island of Ireland in the future,” Coveney told a parliamentary committee. The border is one of the three issues Brussels wants broadly solved before the talks can move on.