Fine Gael looking for coalition

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said a coalition between his center-right Fine Gael party and left-wing nationalists Sinn Fein is not an option as the parties’ policies are “not compatible”. (Image: archive) Irish PM Varadkar says coalition with Sinn Fein is not an option https://t.co/4E2AkVHTcT pic.twitter.com/E5heQzGMk8 — Reuters (@Reuters) February 9, 2020 “For us coalition…

Ireland-UK free-trade possible

A new free-trade deal between the UK and the European Union by the end of 2020 is possible if it does not deviate significantly from current trading terms, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.  “In terms of negotiating a trade agreement before December 2020, I think that is difficult but not impossible” if Britain ratifies…

Varadkar: no follow up Brexit talks

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar reiterated that the European Union will not reopen the talks on Withdrawal agreement it has concluded with the UK, neither will it remove the Northern Ireland border “backstop” clause. (Image: archive). “Anything a (new) British prime minister has to say in relation to resolving the Brexit impasse will get a fair…

Brexit deal deadlocked

Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland Leo Varadkar said he believes the European Union will strike a deal with Britain to smooth its exit from the bloc, even as Dublin continues its preparations for all outcomes, including a no deal. “As things stand, the UK will leave the EU on March 29, six weeks from…

May attempts to seal bilateral Irish deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May intends to seal a bilateral treaty with the Irish government as a tool to remove the so-called “backstop” arrangement from Article 50 deal with the European Union, according to media reports. Irish commitment to Brexit backstop 'absolute': foreign minister https://t.co/wiNjJPtP9d pic.twitter.com/dw9tj2oVoK — Reuters (@Reuters) January 19, 2019 May thought a deal…

Varadkar calls Britain to make decisive choices

The chances of sealing a deal on the UK withdrawal from the European Union this month are receding, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said, and the EU’s Brexit negotiator called on Britain to make decisive choices. Hopes of November Brexit deal looking 'less likely with each passing day' – Leo Varadkar https://t.co/3XQIfbfcUU pic.twitter.com/23wNxqjCY0 — Independent.ie…

Varadkar blames Brexit undermining ‘Good Friday’

Brexit has undermined the Good Friday Agreement which ended thirty years of violence in Northern Ireland, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said. Leo Varadkar: Brexit 'undermined' the Good Friday Agreement https://t.co/i22Sijlyu4 — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 3, 2018 “Brexit has undermined the Good Friday Agreement and is fraying the relationship between Britain and Ireland,”…

“Real” risks of returning violence in Ireland

In spite of the absence of a proposal by any political party to establish conventional border structure dividing the island of Ireland,  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has considered necessary to give European leaders his warning of related risks of returning to a hard border. Speaking at a press conference while concluding Brexit Summit in Brussels Mr…

Taoiseach invigorates EU engagement

Laying out his vision for the future of Europe, the Taoiseach highlighted the need to improve democracy in the EU through EU-wide voting lists, completing the Economic and Monetary Union and ensuring that big corporations pay their fair share of tax. In the month marking 45 years of Irish membership of the EU, he also…

Ireland content with Brexit two-years transition period

The Brexit transition period of around two years revealed in EU draft guidelines on Friday is a “decent amount of time” but a longer period could be needed to ratify a future trade deal, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said. We do not want to see a border in the Irish Sea, any more than…