British politicians should not imagine that a change of prime minister will resolve the Brexit deadlock, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said.
“The issues don’t change and the arithmetic at Westminster doesn’t change so for us this isn’t about personalities,” he told journalists on his way out of a foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday.
“It’s about facts and the complexities of Brexit and trying to protect EU interests and Irish interests and also to respect and accept UK interests as well in all of this.”
Senior member’s of Theresa May’s Conservative Party on Tuesday said she should trigger a leadership contest to replace her as the party braces for a poor showing in the European elections later this month.
Mr Coveney would not be drawn on his attitude to a second referendum or “confirmatory vote”.
“I’ve been very careful in recent weeks not to prescribe a way forward. The British political system has to,” Mr Coveney said. He was speaking, to international media, after a meeting of EU ministers of foreign affairs in Brussels.
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