March 19, 2018 / 2:24 PM / a year ago

Irish Foreign Minister sees 'good progress' in Brexit transition agreement

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends a meeting with Ireland's Foreign and Trade Minister Simon Coveney in Brussels, Belgium, March 19, 2018. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via Reuters

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said an agreement between the European Union and Britain on Monday on a Brexit transition period represented “good progress” and made the British commitment to address Irish issues clearer.

A draft transition agreement unveiled by the two sides included a protocol on Ireland marked in yellow, indicating that Britain had accepted all the EU’s principles but wanted to discuss the operational issues.

“Good progress today on #Brexit,” Coveney said in a post on Twitter. “Still a lot of work to do but commitment to address Irish issues are clearer in documents published today.”

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Catherine Evans

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