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IrelandIreland must send message that it wants to stay at heart of Europe – Varadkar

00:20  24 may  2019
00:20  24 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Ireland must send message that it wants to stay at heart of Europe – Varadkar © Brian Lawless Leo Varadkar said Brexit was going to be back ‘centre stage’ in the coming days (Brian Lawless/PA)

Ireland needs to send out a message that it is pro-European and rejects Brexit, the Taoiseach has said.

Leo Varadkar said voters needed to use their vote in the European elections to demonstrate that they want to stay at the heart of Europe.

The Republic heads to the polls on Friday.

It comes as speculation mounts that British Prime Minister Theresa May is on the verge of quitting.

Demands from Conservative Party MPs for her to resign are continuing to surge following Cabinet turmoil over her Brexit strategy.

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Europe Editor Tony Connelly examines Leo Varadkar 's speech to the European Parliament, where he set out a wide-ranging vision of the future of Europe . "The majority of its representatives elected to the Northern Ireland assembly want to remain in the Customs Union and the Single Market; and it is

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The Taoiseach would not be drawn on the potential impact Mrs May’s resignation would have on getting the Withdrawal Agreement over the line, if she made the decision to step down.

But he said Brexit was going to be back “centre stage” in the coming days because of potential political changes in Westminster and the results of the European elections in the UK, “where it seems the Brexit Party is going to win”.

“It’s really important that here in Ireland we send out a message that we’re pro-European and we want to stay at the heart of Europe,” he said.

“We’re rejecting Brexit and Nigel Farage, that we’re going to put in the European Parliament seven Fine Gael MEPs, those who will be part of Team Ireland, those who will build alliances and coalitions, those who will make friends for us in Brussels and Strasbourg and those who’ll defend the interests of Irish people, citizens, farmers and businesses.”

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Q&A: Ireland 's Leo Varadkar on Brexit, Trump and Keeping Ireland 'At the Center of the World'. We have made the decision that we are at the heart of Europe . It is the union that we helped to build We want to continue to trade freely with America and if I do get a chance to meet him in March, I’ll

Leo Eric Varadkar (/vəˈrædkər/ və-RAD-kər; born 18 January 1979) is an Irish politician who has served as Taoiseach, Minister for Defence, and Leader of Fine Gael since June 2017.

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