Wednesday, February 21

Brexit news live: Ireland tells Britain to be realistic in trade row as deadline looms for Europeans in UK

Ireland has told the British government to be realistic and show some honesty amid an ongoing row over post-Brexit trade.

Simon Coveney, the country’s foreign minister, dismissed calls to scrap the Northern Ireland protocol from some unionists and said there was a need for the British government, in particular, to show some honesty around what has been agreed.

A truce to end the trade row between London and Brussels over the movement of chilled meats from Britain to Northern Ireland dubbed sausage wars is said to be on the horizon ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

Elsewhere, opponents of the Northern Ireland Protocol have been dealt a blow after the High Court threw out a bid for the Brexit deal to be declared unlawful.