Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'Brexit is pushing Ireland closer to UNIFICATION' - Irish politician's triumphant boast

'Brexit is pushing Ireland closer to UNIFICATION' - Irish politician's triumphant boast

This week the EU warned that more work was needed on how to deal with the 300-mile border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, the UK's only land frontier with a European state, and protect frictionless movement after the withdrawal.

He will also watch a demonstration of Gaelic football and hurling.

"We need more answers [from the U.K.]", he said, adding that, "we must prepare for no deal".

Mr Varadkar joined leaders from the UK's devolved governments for a summit of the British-Irish Council in Guernsey where the impasse on Brexit negotiations was centre stage.

"The UK gave the European Union back in December a guarantee there'd be no hard border on the island of Ireland".

"I will thank President Juncker and Michel Barnier for their ongoing support for Ireland and their show of solidarity throughout the Brexit negotiations".

"I would like to recall that the withdrawal agreement must contain a fully operational backstop solution for Ireland and Northern Ireland".

Later this morning Mr Juncker will address the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas.

"We want to make it clear again and again that Ireland is not alone".

Mr Juncker started his visit with a meeting with Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar and Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney at Government Buildings in Dublin.

The Irish government issued a statement last night saying Mr Varadkar's meetings with the Scottish first minister and Welsh first minister will focus on the implications of Brexit.

"The aim should be a "Norway plus" model on the basis that the red lines set out by the Prime Minister in her Lancaster House speech in January 2017 are not consistent with the national interest".

Overall, 32 per cent agreed that it was more important to avoid creating a hard border, "even if this meant the United Kingdom not being able to do its own trade deals with non-EU countries", while 41 per cent said the United Kingdom should leave the customs union "even if this means a hard border with customs checks".

But he added: "The reality is that there is no arrangement outside the European Union that is as good as membership".

"We will also discuss other key items on the agenda of next week's meeting of the European Council such as trade, ensuring a stable euro, and equipping the Union with a budget for its future needs".

"Sinn Féin will continue to raise this issue with the highest levels of the British government and to work to drive the economy of the north west forward for the benefit of everyone here". Now we're seeing the consequences of kicking every tough decision into the long grass.

"We had asked for and looked for significant progress in June. That's not fair and it's not what's best for Britain".

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