September 20, 2018 / 8:38 AM / 8 months ago

Irish foreign minister says intensified talks needed to reach Brexit deal

FILE PHOTO: 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 Thursday that he believed a Brexit deal will be reached but that it will require an intensification of negotiations that has not happened to date.

Simon Coveney was speaking as he launched the government’s new ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ campaign, aimed at gearing the country up for all Brexit outcomes in what he said will be a more visible public campaign.

“This stepping up of our preparedness is going to be more visible from now on, but this should not be interpreted as a reflection of the state of play in the negotiations or in any way prejudge the outcome,” Coveney told a news conference.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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