Saturday 24 February 2018

'Next move in Brexit deadlock is up to London' - Taoiseach tells the Dáil

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin following Brexit negotiations. Laura Hutton/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin following Brexit negotiations. Laura Hutton/PA Wire
John Downing

John Downing

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he believes that it is up to London to act in efforts to break the deadlock on Brexit.

Mr Varadkar also reached out to the Democratic Unionist Party – who have blocked an emerging compromise to avoid a “hard border following” Brexit.

The Taoiseach insisted that his Government had “no hidden agenda” and also wanted to protect the interests of all communities in the North where the majority had voted against Brexit in the June 2016 referendum,

“We don’t want a border in the middle of the Irish Sea any more than we want to see one at Newry,” the Taoiseach said.

Mr Varadkar again insisted that the EU and the UK had signed off the compromise about the border on Monday. This is in spite of reports to the contrary from London.

The Taoiseach agreed with Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, that it would be much better if the power-sharing executive and parliament were up and running in Belfast.

In a rare goodwill gesture, Sinn Féin Gerry Adams leader wished the Government well in the ongoing negotiations.

But he warned that “the DUP and the English Tories” must be faced down.

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