Brexit trade talks could last another two weeks: Ireland's Coveney

FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney puts on his face mask after speaking to the media, after a European general affairs ministers council, in Brussels, Belgium September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

DUBLIN (Reuters) - It could take another two weeks for agreement to be reached in trade talks between Britain and the European Union, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday, reiterating his confidence that a deal will likely be struck.

“I think we are more likely to get a deal than not, purely because the consequences of not getting a deal are so significant and so costly for the UK and Ireland as it happens, and for some other EU countries,” Coveney told an online conference.

“That, I think, is a motivation to find a way of getting a deal, even though you’re probably likely to see quite a bit of grandstanding and tension before that’s finalised, hopefully in the next 10 days to two weeks.”

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Jon Boyle