(BBC) – The EU “will not be rushed” on a trade deal with the UK after Brexit, according to Ireland’s deputy PM.
Boris Johnson says a deal can be agreed by the end of 2020 and has included a pledge in his Brexit bill not to extend any transition period to secure one.
But Simon Coveney says it is “probably going to take longer than a year”.
Security Minister Brandon Lewis defended Mr Johnson’s deadline, saying he had a “strong record of getting things done”.
After the UK leaves the EU on 31 January, it will enter an 11-month transition period, where it will largely follow EU rules but will not have any representation in the bloc’s institutions.
This period will come to an end on 31 December and Mr Johnson has ruled out extending it any further if a deal on the future relationship between the UK and EU has not been agreed.