Tuesday 18 September 2018

John Downing: Taoiseach can't avoid Brexit in his 'high-wire act' on election

 

File photo Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo:Damien Eagers
File photo Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo:Damien Eagers
John Downing

John Downing

Brexit will have a say in the timing of any general election and must influence Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's thinking on the issue.

It is not that there is any huge difference in the main political parties' approach to Brexit. Indeed, bar the odd detail and occasional outbursts of rhetoric, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have steered the exact same course on EU issues, going right back to Ireland joining the European bloc back in January 1973.

As if to emphasise this point, on Tuesday afternoon Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin emerged from a meeting in Brussels with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. After rightly praising Mr Barnier's handling of things thus far, Mr Martin further mused about unity at home on the issue.

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