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IrelandBrexit: Taoiseach delays St Patrick's travel plans as Cabinet convened

01:20  12 march  2019
01:20  12 march  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Contingency plans are in place to recall Ministers travelling abroad for the St Patrick ’ s Day celebrations, in light of ongoing uncertainty over Brexit , the Taoiseach has said. But Mr Varadkar said he himself was making “quite a short trip” to Washington and Chicago and believed it was actually an

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Brexit: Taoiseach delays St Patrick's travel plans as Cabinet convened © getty The meeting was arranged after it was confirmed that British Prime Minister Theresa May would be travelling to Strasbourg this evening for last-ditch Brexit talks with the EU. AN UNSCHEDULED CABINET meeting on an update on Brexit is to be held on  Monday evening at around 6.45pm.

The meeting was arranged after it was confirmed that British Prime Minister Theresa May would be travelling to Strasbourg this evening for last-ditch Brexit talks with the EU.

It is understood that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his entourage were due to be flying to Washington DC this evening ahead of his week-long St Patrick’s Day visit to the States, however, his travels have been delayed until tomorrow.

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The Taoiseach (/ˈtiːʃəx/ (listen)) is the prime minister and head of government of Ireland. The Taoiseach is appointed by the President upon the nomination of Dáil Éireann

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Varadkar had wanted to travel a day early to America so as to avoid being mid-flight when the Westminster votes were taking place tomorrow.

However, senior sources have confirmed that Cabinet were summoned to a meeting for 6.45pm this evening.

“Very sudden,” is how one source described it.

Brexit: Taoiseach delays St Patrick's travel plans as Cabinet convened © Steve Parsons A government spokesperson has said the Taoiseach’s travel plans have always been “flexible” due to the unpredictability of Brexit events this week.

It is “very much” the plan that Varadkar’s US planned schedule, which is due to begin on Wednesday, will go ahead.

Some ministers will not be present at the second Cabinet meeting of the day as they have already left the country to fulfill their St Patrick’s Day itineraries.

Earlier today, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said May would be travelling to Strasbourg, “to try and finalise an agreement if possible”.

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Government accelerates no-deal Brexit plans as talks intensify. ‘ Brexit has arrived early’: Irish hauliers face massive delays at Ireland being reasonable as UK battles Brexit issues of ‘own creation’ – Taoiseach . Contingency plans made to recall Ministers from St Patrick ’ s Day travels over Brexit .

Brexit talks between the UK and the EU are still deadlocked just a day before a crucial meaningful vote in the House of Commons.

Yet again, this week will see the spotlight squarely on Westminster with MPs set to determine the course of the UK’s future with a series of crucial votes on Brexit due to take place tomorrow.

Brexit: Taoiseach delays St Patrick's travel plans as Cabinet convened © PA Wire MPs in the House of Commons are due to vote on Tuesday evening for a second time on the EU withdrawal deal May negotiated with Brussels.

British officials earlier warned that her visit would not signal that a deal was done, only that she felt progress could be made by face-to-face talks.

British politicians massively rejected the EU withdrawal deal in January and without guarantees on its most controversial element, the so-called backstop plan for the Northern Ireland border, seem certain to do so again this week.

Coveney said today that negotiations with the UK and the EU are “ongoing” adding that there had been hopes “there would be clarity at this stage”.

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The Cabinet will meet this morning ahead of Leo Varadkar and Government ministers leaving for trips around the world to mark Saint Patrick ' s Day. However, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is to cut short his planned trip to Paris and Brussels in Belgium due to uncertainty

But Mrs May’ s strategy risks a split with the pro- Brexit European Research Group of Tory MPs as well as Northern Ireland’ s Democratic Unionist party The EU27 prime ministers and presidents have little inclination to hold an emergency summit before then, given that they convened in Brussels for a

He admitted there are obstacles to a deal, but he said it would be unhelpful to speculate about them. The Tánaiste said the Irish position remains “very clear”, adding that the withdrawal agreement, in terms of text, cannot change.

However, he said Ireland wanted to be helpful in terms of providing clarity around the backstop, reiterating again, that it will only remain in place until a new solution is provided.

Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March.

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