July 20, 2018 / 12:56 PM / 5 months ago

Ireland says EU reaction to Brexit white paper lukewarm - minister

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Ireland's Foreign and Trade Minister Simon Coveney attend an EU's General Affairs Council in Brussels, Belgium, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s foreign minister said on Friday reaction from EU capitals to 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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