This is Ireland’s deal as much as the UK’s. So the Taoiseach has an interest in assisting the Prime Minister over extension.
Posts Tagged: Leo Varadkar TD
“Asking for more time is pointless and foolish,” Jacob Rees-Mogg argues. Also: why he believes leaving the EU will strengthen the Union.
The Taoiseach adds that the deal finalised today “creates a unique solution for Northern Ireland”.
By being so scornful, his critics have set a low bar for him. We are about to see whether he can astonish them by bounding over it.
The Prime Minister himself has said that the May Withdrawal Agreement is dead – and dual-tariff systems for Northern Ireland would be unacceptable.
We can begin to see how a deal can now be agreed and then pass Parliament. But the obstacles are still formidable.
The Prime Minister and Taoiseach met today to try to break the deadlock over the Northern Irish backstop.
The Irish Government have failed to grasp the extent to which unionist concerns would be listened in London.
Also: Johnson says he’ll refuse the SNP legal authorisation for another independence referendum; Varadkar warned against imposing settlement on unionists.
Lord Ashcroft: My Northern Ireland polling. Six out of ten voters there accept the backstop. But only one in five Unionists do so.
More broadly, there is a lead for Irish unification of 46 per cent to 45 per cent – a statistical tie.
He says that not agreeing a Brexit deal would be “a failure of statecraft for which we would all be responsible.”
“But we are open to alternatives, but they must be legally binding and workable. We haven’t received such alternatives to date.”
In the event of No Deal, we should put on hold WTO tariffs for Irish trade on those items most likely to offer opportunities to organised crime.
The Prime Minister’s tour of the United Kingdom sees him square off against nationalists from Sinn Fein, the SNP… and Welsh Labour.
The new Prime Minister will inherit the worst political legacy in living memory – with the very barest of working majorities.