August 20, 2019 / 1:23 PM / a month ago

Ireland disappointed with Johnson's opening Brexit bid - foreign minister

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney during a press conference in London Britain May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland expressed disappointment on Tuesday at a demand from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the Brexit backstop insurance policy for the Irish border be replaced with a pledge.

In a phone call with Johnson’s Brexit minister, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney expressed concern at the lack of alternatives to the backstop presented in a letter Johnson sent to European Council President Donald Tusk.

Coveney repeated the need for legal certainty on the border issue, a statement from his office said.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by John Stonestreet

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