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Leo Varadkar refuses to discuss no-deal planning

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Following today’s warning by the European Commission, Leo Varadkar the Irish leader has said on Monday he refuses to discuss any potential delays at the border, should there be a no-deal.

Earlier today the European Commission said, “it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April.”

The body said they have now completed preparations for a no-deal Brexit, which will create “significant disruption for citizens and businesses” along with “significant delays” at borders.

The statement that was released in Brussels, “In such a scenario, the UK’s relations with the EU would be governed by general international public law, including rules of the World Trade Organisation.”

Varadkar stated he only wishes to see a deal ratified and the Commission’s statement, was “just a statement of fact.”

“I’m still confident and I still think it’s likely we will have a deal.

“However, as every day passes, no-deal does become more likely. That’s just a statement of fact.

“So, we’re intensifying our no-deal preparations. They have been very much under way now for months, if not years.

“They are being intensified and finalised at the moment. We need to see now what happens in Westminster over next couple of days and weeks and we’ll take it from there.”

Varadkar then walked away, and Simon Harris the Health Minister took over to field further questions.

Harris said, “I’ve given up making predictions in relation to Brexit but focus needs to stay very much on the House of Commons this week.

“The ball is very firmly in Westminster’s court, and the EU has provided more time for Britain to make its decision, and that time needs to be used wisely, we need not just to hear what Britain is against, we need to hear what Britain wants as a way forward.”

Harris said Jeffrey Donaldson, senior DUP MP had suggested that Ireland joins the Commonwealth, however he does not see that happening.

He said, “I don’t wish to see it arise, remember my party was the party that declared Ireland a republic.

“We are going to have to find new ways to work with the United Kingdom and continuing to wanting to work with the UK should they leave the European Union.

“There are lots of different views in relation to it, but I think we have a strong, deep, historical, personal relationship with the UK, I hope that continues and I don’t think that necessitates being a member of the Commonwealth.”

“They are being intensified and finalised at the moment. We need to see now what happens in Westminster over next couple of days and weeks and we’ll take it from there.”

Mr Varadkar then walked away, leaving Health Minister Simon Harris to field further questions.

“I’ve given up making predictions in relation to Brexit but focus needs to stay very much on the House of Commons this week,” Mr Harris said.

“The ball is very firmly in Westminster’s court, and the EU has provided more time for Britain to make its decision, and that time needs to be used wisely, we need not just to hear what Britain is against, we need to hear what Britain wants as a way forward.”

Mr Harris said despite senior DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson suggesting Ireland join the Commonwealth, he doesn’t see it happening.

“I don’t wish to see it arise, remember my party was the party that declared Ireland a republic,” he said.

“We are going to have to find new ways to work with the United Kingdom and continuing to wanting to work with the UK should they leave the European Union.

“There are lots of different views in relation to it, but I think we have a strong, deep, historical, personal relationship with the UK, I hope that continues and I don’t think that necessitates being a member of the Commonwealth.”




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