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IrelandFuture PM seeking to delay Brexit would face EU hostility – Varadkar

17:41  20 june  2019
17:41  20 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Any future prime minister seeking to delay Brexit beyond the end of October would face “enormous hostility” from the European Union, the Irish Taoiseach has warned.

Leo Varadkar said an extension to the UK’s membership would not be entertained for further negotiations or indicative votes, despite claims from the remaining Tory leadership contenders that they will be able to make changes to the withdrawal deal.

Arriving in Brussels at the start of the European Council summit, which will be dominated by the election of the bloc’s top jobs, rather than Brexit, Mr Varadkar told reporters there was a “strong view” across the EU that there should be no more extensions.

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Any future prime minister seeking to delay Brexit beyond the end of October would face "enormous hostility " from the European Union , the Irish Taoiseach has warned. Leo Varadkar said an extension to the UK's membership would not be entertained for further negotiations or indicative votes, despite

Varadkar told reporters before a meeting of European Union leaders that they had agreed to stick to a common line and not to reopen negotiations on Britain's European Union withdrawal agreement, a view backed by Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

He said: “While I have endless patience, some of my colleagues have lost patience, quite frankly, with the UK, and there’s enormous hostility to any further extension.

“So, I think an extension could only really happen if it were to facilitate something like a general election in the UK or perhaps even something like a second referendum, if they decided to have one.

“What won’t be entertained is an extension for further negotiations or further indicative votes. The time for that has long since passed.”

Mr Varadkar had a meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday morning, at which, the Taoiseach said, the pair agreed that the Withdrawal Agreement would not be reopened but that they were willing to consider amendments to the joint Political Declaration.

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Mr Varadkar made his comments after meetings with the EU ’s centre-right leaders and Michel Barnier, the bloc’s Brexit negotiator. The Irish prime minister said Britain would not be granted more time for further negotiations or further House of Commons vote on different Brexit options, adding “the time

And he warned: “There’s no Withdrawal Agreement without a backstop and there’s no implementation period without a Withdrawal Agreement.”

Mr Barnier, writing on Twitter, said the pair had a “good discussion”.

Of the remaining three Tory leadership hopefuls, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the EU “would be willing to renegotiate” a Brexit deal, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said he would delay Britain’s departure if he was on the cusp of deal.

Front-runner Boris Johnson has said it is essential the UK leaves on October 31, and suggested the Irish backstop issues could be solved during the implementation period.

Earlier, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said the next prime minister needs to realise a no-deal Brexit would be bad for the UK.

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European Union leaders are losing patience with Britain and will neither allow a further delay to The time for that is long since past." Varadkar told reporters before a meeting of EU leaders that they A number of the candidates seeking to take over from British Prime Minister Theresa May have insisted

Brexit is expected to dominate a meeting between Boris Johnson and Taoiseach (Irish PM ) Leo Varadkar in Dublin. It is their first face -to- face meeting He has ruled out asking the EU to delay the Brexit deadline of 31 October - but the Irish government said it would support another extension.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “With a hard Brexit, even with a normal Brexit, the UK will be a different country.

“It will be a diminished country. It is unavoidable.”

And he said there could not be a transition period if a Withdrawal Agreement was not in place, telling the BBC: “As Boris Johnson would say, Brexit is Brexit.

“I would say a hard Brexit is a hard Brexit. I don’t see how you can sweeten it.”

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