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Collision course: NI Secretary of State Brandon Lewis

Collision course: NI Secretary of State Brandon Lewis

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney

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Collision course: NI Secretary of State Brandon Lewis

The DUP has welcomed the Government's decision to unilaterally extend Irish Sea border grace periods until the autumn, but Sinn Fein has branded it an "unnecessary solo run".

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney described the move as "deeply unhelpful", but Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken accused him of "showing gravity-defying levels of arrogance".

The EU claimed the UK was breaking post-Brexit obligations and was set to breach international law for a second time.


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