Politicians rushed to wish the Prime Minister well as he was moved to intensive care in St. Thomas’ Hospital in London.
Posts Tagged: Leo Varadkar TD
Stephen Booth: Checks in the Irish Sea. What they are, why the UK and EU disgree about them – and how they could wreck the talks
For the Protocol to work over the long-term, broad-based political consent for it must be gained then retained.
Grasping this nettle will involve appointing someone prepared to be considerably less popular with sections of the gallery than was their predecessor.
As long as their activists call them “colonialists” and candidates glorify the IRA, the idea is as convincing as a Hannukah greeting from Jeremy Corbyn.
Of course the result is a bad one. But we encourage the party to co-govern in Northern Ireland, so can scarcely object if now does so too in the Irish Republic.
An extremist party is gaining support – from those wishing to protest housing shortages and hospital overcrowding.
All those named inadvertently paved the way for Britain’s exit. They feature an American President, a Supreme Court judge – and a quango.
And he says that UK ambassadors reportedly being told not to sit alongside their EU counterparts “comes across as a bit petty”.
Stephen Booth: An inconvenient truth for Remainers and Leavers alike. This was the result that the EU wanted.
Leo Varadkar summed it up by saying, “I think it’s a positive thing that we have a decisive outcome in Britain.”
This is Ireland’s deal as much as the UK’s. So the Taoiseach has an interest in assisting the Prime Minister over extension.
“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.