Ireland slaps down France as Taoiseach hits out at Macron’s Brexit deal veto threat

Brexit: Expert explains possible ‘no deal outcome’

The 27 members of the European Union must now give space to the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier to conclude trade talks with Britain, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Friday. Mr Martin said he “fervently hoped” a trade deal can be agreed. But Downing Street has said the Brexit trade talks are at a “very difficult point” and warned that time is ticking if a deal is to be struck.

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Mr Martin told reporters: “There have been some countries putting pressure on.

“We have got to give them the space to reach an agreement on this.

“We have appointed a negotiating team.

“We have got to allow them the space to conclude these talks and hopefully achieve an agreement.”

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