"Thin" EU-UK trade deal can avoid tariffs and quotas, says Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney

A “thin” free-trade deal between the European Union and Britain can still be achieved, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday.

“We need to also focus on how do we get this deal done... to deal with the outstanding issues. There aren’t many of them. There are a few that are needed in terms of getting a basic and thin free-trade deal, which is all that is possible at this stage to avoid tariffs and quotas,” Coveney said in an interview with Newstalk Radio.

He said the key stumbling blocks remain state aid in the British region; the risk of goods leaking into the EU single market via Northern Ireland; and export declarations for the transit of goods from Northern Ireland to the rest of the United Kingdom.

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