Progress on Brexit level playing field, far from concluded - Ireland's Coveney

FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney wearing a face mask, is seen after a European general affairs ministers council, in Brussels, Belgium September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s foreign minister on Tuesday said that some progress has been made in British-European Union trade talks on the so-called level playing field but agreement on one of the most persistent areas of disagreement was far from concluded.

“If there is not a basic set of rules around fair competition that both sides commit to complying with and if there is not a governance structure that can deal with disputes, then in my view there will not be a trade deal,” Simon Coveney told an online conference.

“My understanding is there is some progress being made in this area but it’s far from concluded yet,” Coveney said, adding that he was confident a deal could be reached but that time may run out to strike one.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Alison Williams