Irish foreign minister says there is Brexit optimism but 'not there yet'

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney attends the MEDEF union summer forum renamed La Rencontre des Entrepreneurs de France, LaREF, at the Paris Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France, August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveney said there was cause for optimism after positive Brexit talks between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart but said there was still some way to go before they had got an agreement.

“Mark my words we are not there yet,” Coveney said in a speech in Dublin before meeting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on his return from talks in northern England with Johnson.

“Today, I think, is an injection of some much needed optimism but the pragmatism of getting a deal across the line is what we will need to focus on in the weeks and days ahead,” Coveney said.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin, writing by Michael Holden, editing by Chris Reese