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IrelandVaradkar warns of 'terrible political miscalculation' in London over Brexit deal

08:25  12 june  2019
08:25  12 june  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it is "a terrible political miscalculation " for some people in London to think that because the House of Commons failed to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement that they can now get a better Brexit deal .

It is a " terrible political miscalculation " for UK politicians to believe they can get a better Brexit "I am a little bit concerned that some people in London seem to think that because the House of Her time as leader was dominated by Brexit , with her party divided over the issue, and the failure to get

Varadkar warns of 'terrible political miscalculation' in London over Brexit deal © Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said it is a “terrible political miscalculation” that some people in London think the that because the House of Commons failed to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement that it automatically means they will get a better deal.

Speaking today, Varadkar said that he is a “little concerned about political developments in London at present”.

“Theresa May was not a bad negotiator. She had a good team. I believe they got the best deal they could have got, given the limited leverage that a country leaving the EU has,” Varadkar said.

“It took two years to negotiate the withdrawal agreement.  It is not perfect.  It is a finely balanced compromise.  Everyone had to give and take.  Sadly, the House of Commons failed to ratify that agreement.”

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned it would be a “ terrible political miscalculation ” for anyone in London to think they will automatically get a better Brexit deal Mr Varadkar was responding during Taoiseach’s questions to opposition leaders about developments in Brexit with the Conservative party

It is a " terrible political miscalculation " for UK politicians to believe they can get a better Brexit "I am a little bit concerned that some people in London seem to think that because the House of Her time as leader was dominated by Brexit , with her party divided over the issue, and the failure to get

I am a little concerned that some people in London seem to think the failure of the House of Commons to ratify the agreement automatically means they will get a better agreement. That is a terrible political miscalculation. I hope it is not the one that is being made across the water.

Varadkar warns of 'terrible political miscalculation' in London over Brexit deal © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May meets Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh, the official Irish State guest house in Dublin, Ireland, February 8, 2019. Irish Government Pool/Maxwells/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Varadkar made his comments after a number of candidates fighting to become Britain’s next Prime Minister have said they would be prepared to leave the EU with no deal on 31 October.

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That is a terrible political miscalculation .” Ireland has insisted that the backstop remain a central part of the withdrawal deal that Varadkar described “They made some miscalculations along the way,” Varadkar said of the steps Britain had taken since voters decided to leave the bloc in a referendum

That is a terrible political miscalculation .” Ireland has insisted that the backstop remain a central part of the withdrawal deal that Varadkar described “They made some miscalculations along the way,” Varadkar said of the steps Britain had taken since voters decided to leave the bloc in a referendum

May took office after the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU and has spent the past three years working on a departure plan, delaying Brexit twice to try to get the deal through.

However, she finally acknowledged defeat in a tearful resignation speech last month, making way for the race for a new leader.

The leadership contest kicked off yesterday as 10 Conservative MPs received enough support to take part in the party’s leadership contest.

In his comments today, Varadkar criticised the UK’s thoughts on Ireland following its decision to leave the EU.

Varadkar warns of 'terrible political miscalculation' in London over Brexit deal © Artur Widak/NurPhoto Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (Irish Prime Minister) speaks to the media outside the Government Buildings in Dublin, the next morning after UK Prime Minister Theresa May lost a vote on her Brexit deal in the House of Commons. On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“After the UK decided to leave the EU, they initially thought that Ireland would somehow fall into line and leave too. We did not leave and we are not leaving,” Varadkar said.

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it was a " terrible political miscalculation " for UK politicians to believe they can get a better deal . Later in the day, launching his campaign in a circus tent in London , Rory Stewart - another outsider - said he wanted to "take the politics out" of the situation

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it was a " terrible political miscalculation " for UK politicians to believe they can get a better deal . Later in the day, launching his campaign in a circus tent in London , Rory Stewart - another outsider - said he wanted to "take the politics out" of the situation

Some of them thought that when push came to shove, Ireland would be abandoned and EU unity would break. They were wrong about that.

Varadkar said he hopes they are not now “making a further political miscalculation, which is to think that the House of Commons, having failed to ratify the deal, will somehow get a better deal”.

“That is to really misunderstand how the European Union works.”

Tory race

Separately, Rory Stewart today questioned fellow Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson’s ability to be prime minister.

“Is this the person that you want writing the instructions to the nuclear submarines?” Stewart said as he launched his campaign in a circus tent in London.

“Is this the man you want embodying your nation on the world stage and guiding you through the most difficult choice that Britain has faced for 50 years. I trust the Conservative members to arrive at the correct answer,” he said.

Sky News reported that Stewart accused his rivals of offering “fairy stories” on Brexit.

At his own campaign launch, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also lambasted Johnson, presenting himself as a “serious leader” for “serious times”.

Hunt opposed Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum but said that the Conservatives – under pressure from populist eurosceptic Nigel Farage’s new party – must deliver on the result or face “annihilation” in the next election.

Asked about “no deal”, Hunt said: “I would be prepared to without a deal if there was a straight choice between no deal and no Brexit, but I’d do so with a heavy heart.”

Varadkar warns of 'terrible political miscalculation' in London over Brexit deal © Victoria Jones Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt launching his campaign in central London

He claimed at the weekend that he had received encouraging signals for renegotiating the Brexit deal from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In response, a German government spokeswoman referenced a previous remark by Merkel that the deal cannot be reopened, although a declaration on future ties could be.

Former Brexit minister Dominic Raab meanwhile warned that Britain’s EU exit would not happen with “bluff and bluster”.

“I’m the conviction Brexiteer with the plan, the discipline and the focus to lead us out by the end of October,” he said, while also attacking Johnson’s plans for a tax cut for the rich.

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"And under the Common Fisheries Policy we believe they are in their rights to continue to fish in the area around Rockall. "On this issue the views of Ireland and Scotland have differed for some time, but we have built up a strong Taoiseach warns of ' terrible miscalculation ' over improved Brexit deal .

That is a terrible political miscalculation .” Ireland has insisted that the backstop remain a central part of the withdrawal deal that Varadkar described “They made some miscalculations along the way,” Varadkar said of the steps Britain had taken since voters decided to leave the bloc in a referendum

Sky News reported today that Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who is also contesting the race, said “if we got to the end of October and the choice was between no deal and no Brexit, I would pick no deal”.

Conservative MPs will hold a series of secret ballots to whittle down the field to a final pair, who will be put to around 160,000 party members.

The first round of voting takes place on Thursday and candidates must receive the support of 17 MPs or be eliminated.

In the second vote scheduled for 18 June, candidates must receive the support of 33 MPs to proceed.

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