Irish foreign minister hopeful of limited Brexit trade deal

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney arrives at the funeral of John Hume at St Eugene's Cathedral in Londonderry, Northern Ireland August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Lorraine O'Sullivan/File Photo/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s foreign minister said he believed the European Union and Britain could strike a limited trade deal and agree to implement the terms of their divorce agreement around arrangements for the Irish border.

“I believe we can get a deal, both in terms of a limited trade agreement that avoids tariffs and quotas and put in place the (Northern Ireland) protocol that has been agreed in the withdrawal treaty,” Simon Coveney told the Newstalk radio station on Friday.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by John Stonestreet