Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said Ireland needs to show "a little patience" with British MPs as they try to agree on a majority view on what type of Brexit they want.

Speaking to reporters after addressing a British Irish Chamber dinner in Dublin last night, Mr Coveney said: "There is a desperately divided parliament at Westminster.

"They are trying to find a way forward. I think we need to give them the space and time to do that." 

Mr Coveney said he did not believe that Britain was edging closer to a no-deal as a result of the ongoing political instability. Instead, he restated his belief that a deal would be done ultimately.

Addressing the indicative votes last night at Westminster, he said: "I think one of the clear messages was that a huge majority voted against a no deal.

"That's a reminder to everybody that the British parliament will vote against a no deal, and will take action to prevent it."

Noting that further indicative votes would take place on Monday, he said: "Hopefully by the middle of next week we will have a lot more clarity."

He added: "This is a very complex and difficult political process and we need to take its course.

"I don't think Irish input at this stage is helpful to anyone."

Asked about the DUP statement announcing its MPs would vote against Prime Minister Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement if it was brought back to parliament a third time, Mr Coveney said: "That's a matter for the DUP."

He made it clear, however, that the Withdrawal Agreement would not be re-opened, saying: "I think the EU has gone as far as it can on providing reassurances and clarification. It seems to be enough for everyone else."