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“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 Varadkar said he decided to make clear that the Irish Government was not exaggerating its concerns about the consequences of a no deal for Northern Ireland and the erection of a border.

Taoiseach described his vision using recent Irish Times, which reminded of the bombing of a customs post in 1972 and which Mr Varadkar showed to European leaders at dinner, as “a useful prop to demonstrate to all the European leaders the extent to which the concerns about the re-emergence of a hard border and the possibility of a return to violence are very real”.

“I just wanted to make sure that there was no sense in the room that in any way anyone in the Irish Government was exaggerating the real risk of a return to violence in Ireland,” Mr Varadkar said.


Taoiseach indicates “likely” progress in Brexit talks

The chances the European Union leaders will allow Brexit talks to move onto trade relations in December are high, as long as Britain provides guarantees in writing on issues currently being debated, Ireland’s prime minister said.

However the EU27 will only engage with Britain on its future trade relationship and how a post-Brexit transition period will work, as London wishes, after the first, ongoing round of exit talks have sufficiently progressed.

Brussels puts forward as precondition three issues broadly solved to give the green light — the exit bill, safeguarding expatriate rights and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which will be the UK’s only land frontier with the EU after its departure.

Taoiseach adopts Brexit negociations plan


The Irish Government has adopted a Contingency Framework identifying key policy issues to be managed by Government Departments arising from the referendum vote in the UK to leave the EU.

“The result of the Referendum means that the people of the UK have declared their wish to leave the EU.  It is important to be clear: the UK has not actually left the EU.  Until it formally withdraws from the Union, the UK remains a full Member, with all of its existing rights and obligations,” –  The Taoiseach said.

“Today’s result marks the beginning of a new phase of negotiated withdrawal – one that is expected to take place over at least two years and possibly longer.”

Businesses can continue to trade as normal and people can continue to travel as normal between Ireland and the UK, including Northern Ireland.”

“In the meantime, the Government has adopted an initial Contingency Framework to map out the key issues that will be most important to Ireland in the coming weeks and months. This will be an iterative process as issues emerge and recede in the course of negotiations.”