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Thursday 13 December 2018

Taoiseach 'throwing weight around' over Irish Brexit border issues, says Ian Paisley

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outside 10 Downing Street Photo: PA
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outside 10 Downing Street Photo: PA Newsdesk Newsdesk

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was accused of "throwing his weight around" over the issue of the border in the Brexit talks.

Speaking during the Prime Minister's update to parliament on progress on the negotiations, North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said Mr Varadkar should concentrate on the interests of the Republic or Ireland.

He said: "Has the Prime Minister taken the opportunity to remind the Republic of Ireland’s Taoiseach that it is about time that he started to pull his weight in the interests of the Republic of Ireland, rather than attempting to throw his weight around on the issue of the border?

"All that he doing is potentially damaging his economy more than the economy of Northern Ireland. Will the Prime Minister make an impression on the Labour party’s front benchers that when they visit Northern Ireland and threaten that the peace process is an exchange for Brexit, they are playing with fire and they ought not to encourage that beast?"

Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley

Responding, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "It is very important that all sides are clear that we must ensure that the Belfast Agreement is put into place, recognised and respected in its entirety.

"It is also important that we ensure that the peace programmes that have been possible through our membership of the European Union can continue.

"When it comes to resolving the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, it will be for us to work with the Republic of Ireland Government and the European Union more generally to find a solution that we all want to see, whereby there is no physical infrastructure at the border and no return to the borders of the past."

Belfast Telegraph

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