Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said that the messaging coming from Westminster about Brexit is "chaotic" and needs to stop.

Speaking in the Dáil this morning, Mr Coveney said it is unfortunate that the British government's position on Brexit is so chaotic but Ireland cannot stop that as it "is a matter for the British political system to resolve."

Mr Coveney acknowledged that there had not been as much progress as expected on the issue in advance of the June Council meeting, but said the prospect of a "no deal" Brexit was "unlikely and remote".

He was responding to questions from Fianna Fáil's Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers and Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade David Cullinane about Brexit.

Ms Chambers said "there has not been substantive progress made on the border that you said was cast iron and bullet proof".

She said that the Tánaiste gave the impression over the last couple of meetings that the June European Council meeting was going to be "the deadline". 

But the Tánaiste said he met Michel Barnier for well over an hour yesterday and went through a lot of the detail of what the EU's chief negotiator would like to see progressed over the summer. 

He said he will be in London next week "to try to talk to key British decision makers about the way forward as we see it because we want a good solution here for Britain too."

"Unfortunately what we are hearing constantly out of Westminster is somewhat chaotic in terms of messaging. That needs to stop. We can't stop it. That is a matter for the British political system to resolve." 

Mr Coveney acknowledged that there had not been as much progress as expected on the issue in advance of the June Council meeting, but said the prospect of a "no deal" Brexit was "unlikely and remote". 

"We certainly expected to make a significant step forward on helping to ensure the backstop was taking shape and we could have confidence over the summer that we could finalise that arrangement. That hasn't happened," he said. 

He added that he did not think threatening to stall the process would help, despite describing the lack of progress as "frustrating and disappointing".

He said he understood British Prime Minister Theresa May would be holding a cabinet meeting in Chequers on 6 July, and a White Paper would be published around that time. He said he hoped to see an intensification of negotiations after that.

He also told Ms Chambers that the Common Travel Area would remain a bi-lateral issue between the Irish and UK government.

"It's accepted by the EU taskforce and the negotiating teams that this is a bi-lateral matter," the minister said. 

"Nothing in any withdrawal agreement or treaty will undermine the capacity for Britain and Ireland on a bi-lateral basis to maintain the Common Travel Area." 

Additional reporting by Conor McMorrow