WATCH: Simon Coveney dismisses chances of agreeing with proposed UK Brexit plans
"It doesn’t look like the basis of an agreement, that’s for sure".
Tánaiste Simon Coveney has dismissed the chances of Ireland agreeing with plans for border posts on the island of Ireland, plans that were leaked on Monday night.
Speaking on Virgin Media's The Tonight Show on Tuesday night, Coveney addressed reports that claimed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to bring forward the proposals on Wednesday; Johnson moved to distance himself from the proposals on Tuesday.
Reiterating his stance on the proposals as a "non-starter", Coveney said that he and the Irish government are yet to see anything and that the leaked documents from Monday "don't look like the basis of an agreement".
"We certainly haven't seen any proposals yet," Coveney said.
"I read on various social media channels that Prime Minister Johnson is going to bring forward a proposal tomorrow, some are even saying that he's been briefing certain EU capitals in relation to these ideas since Tuesday.
"We haven't seen anything, so we'll have to wait and see what happens tomorrow. Obviously we'll study any proposal carefully, but if the reports that we're reading are true, it doesn’t look like the basis of an agreement, that’s for sure".
An official proposal is expected to be brought forward at some point on Wednesday.