Monday 25 June 2018

Leo Varadkar arrives at Leinster House ahead of emergency Brexit talks in fitness gear

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at Government Buildings in Dublin to attend an emergency cabinet meeting on Brexit. Photo: Laura Hutton/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at Government Buildings in Dublin to attend an emergency cabinet meeting on Brexit. Photo: Laura Hutton/PA Wire
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It appears that Leo Varadkar arrived at Monday's crunch Brexit talks straight from his morning run.

The known fitness fanatic was photographed arriving at Leinster House in his workout gear and clutching today's copy of the Irish Independent ahead of this morning's special Brexit Cabinet meeting.

The 9am emergency meeting saw the Taoiseach brief fellow Government ministers on the state of negotiations at the start of a crucial day for Brexit negotiations on the border issue.

The early morning meeting comes before Theresa May's lunchtime meeting in Brussels with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Junker.

A deal on how to avoid a Brexit hard border was expected to be announced today, however, Simon Coveney has said talks involving London, Brussels and Dublin were at a "sensitive place".

"There was progress made between the key negotiation teams on Thursday and we were looking at draft texts and this continued into the weekend", he told Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.

"We need wording which makes it very clear for everybody on the island of Ireland that in the future there is not going to be a reemergence of a border on the island of Ireland.

"The Irish government wants top work with the British government here, not against them. We're not quite where we need to be.

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