Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

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Dublin urged its politicians to keep quiet and refrain from making public comments on Mr Johnson’s move to prorogue Parliament. Simon Coveney, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, insisted it is a “matter for the British Parliament” after meeting Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay in Paris. But this didn’t stop rebellious ministers from voicing their concerns and taking a swipe at the Prime Minister.

Appearing to break rank, Michael D’Arcy, minister of state at the department of finance, branded Mr Johnson “undemocratic”.

He described the Prime Minister’s decision as “perhaps the most anti-democratic decision since the Protectorate government, which Oliver Cromwell set up, was established”.

“This was a military dictatorship,” Mr D’Arcy wrote in a tweet, which was since been deleted.

“Cromwell dismissed his Parliament when they disagreed with him.”

Sources told the Irish Independent newspaper the politician was not given the go-ahead by the government to tweet the criticism and has since deleted the post.

Helen McEntee, European affairs minister, said the tweet was “not representing government policy”.

She added: “I think what is being reflected is the frustration that many people have here given that we are again seeing changes in the UK when throughout this we have tried to remain consistent and calm.”

The Irish government are “seriously considering” a request by opposition parties to hold emergency Brexit debates.

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said: “We cannot control the increasingly fraught developments in Westminster but we should have the Tail in session to make sure that our response is debated in full.”

Finance minister Paschal Donohue pledged to “facilitated any engagement that the opposition wants”.

Speaking at the Medef business summit yesterday, Mr Coveney said a no-deal Brexit would be blamed on the UK, including “grandstanding” Remainer MPs who have failed live up to expectations and block a hard divorce.

He went on to insist that Brussels would continue to block Mr Johnson’s efforts to secure changes to the withdrawal agreement and the controversial Northern Ireland backstop.

And even if Brussels were to make a drastic U-turn, negotiators would not have sufficient time to deliver changes before October 31.

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Mr Coveney said: “A no deal would not be our choice it will not be France’s choice and it will not be the EU’s choice it will be the choice of the UK Government and the British parliament collectively if they choose to allow it or indeed to deliberately trigger it no amount political grandstanding or attempts to shift the blame can change this fact.”

“As the European Council has consistently made clear the withdrawal agreement, including the now famous backstop, cannot simply be renegotiated,” he added.

“Even if we wanted to do that, which we don’t, we can’t do it in six or ten weeks.

In a later interview with the Irish Times, Mr Coveney signalled that the British Government’s plans to discuss the border as part of the future relationship are not acceptable to Dublin.

He said: “Essentially what is being asked of Ireland is to agree to a border away from the border.

“And that’s, in layman’s terms, what the alternative arrangements are.

“You have checking systems away from the border and Boris Johnson will talk about trusted-trader schemes, but the EU hasn’t agreed to any trusted-trader schemes.”

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