‘Whole point of Brexit!’ BBC host lashes out at Irish minister Coveney in US-UK trade row

Brexit: Simon Coveney shut down by host on UK-US trade deal

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Mr Coveney was shut down by the BBC Today Programme host after the Irish Foreign Minister attacked the UK for seeking to forge a new trade relationship with the US. The UK is pressing ahead with the goal of securing a free-trade agreement with President Joe Biden to bolster its post-Brexit ambitions for Global Britain. This morning Ms Kearney confronted the Irish minister directly on his opposition to a trans-Atlantic deal and accused the Foreign Minister of missing the “whole point of Brexit.”

Mr Coveney told the Today Programme: “In my view, the trans-Atlantic relationship involving Britain should be a powerful one economically and globally.”

Ms Kearney fired back: “Well that may be your view and Ireland is still in the European Union, but wasn’t that the whole point of Brexit?

“That the UK should be able to negotiate its own trade deals?”

Irish premier Micheal Martin is expected to raise the issue of trans-Atlantic trade when he speaks with the US President next week.

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