July 20, 2018 / 12:56 PM / 4 months ago

Ireland says EU reaction to UK Brexit white paper lukewarm: minister

Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney speaks during a news conference in Dublin, Ireland, April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s foreign minister said on Friday reaction from EU capitals to British Prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit white paper was lukewarm but said there was agreement it formed the basis for negotiations.

“There has been a response that has been lukewarm to the British white paper coming from Brussels but also other member states. They are anxious to get the British negotiating team into serious and detailed negotiation,” Simon Coveney told Ireland’s RTE radio following a meeting with chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and EU foreign ministers.

Reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Alison Williams

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