Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says Brexit negotiating teams should redouble their “creativity and commitment” in order to reach an agreement before the end of the year, with officials and governments currently preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic.
Donohoe who made this known in a interview the importance of the EU-U.K. talks have been heightened by the global economy being gripped by Covid-19 developments in the last few months.
“It’s so important that all of us redouble our efforts and redouble our creativity and commitment to see if a pathway for an agreement can be found because the impact of a very, very hard Brexit on all participants in global trade, of course, is only going to be heightened if we are already dealing with the consequences of Covid-19,” he said.
Talks faced another setback last week after Ireland’s European Commissioner Phil Hogan, who was responsible for trade, resigned amid a “Golfgate” scandal. Meaning the EU’s negotiating team will be undergoing a shift in the crunch weeks ahead.