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Ireland welcomes UK white paper as a step to softer Brexit

DUBLIN, July 12 (Reuters) - Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's foreign minister on Thursday welcomed the release of the British government's blueprint for future ties with the European Union.

"I certainly think it is a step towards a much softer Brexit than some people had been advocating," Simon Coveney told journalists in Dublin.

"I think we should hopefully see the Brexit process move from the politics of parliaments to the negotiating rooms in Brussels... which is hopefully where we will get to from Monday on," he said. (Reporting by Conor Humphries Editing by Gareth Jones)