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IrelandNo scope for any further Brexit delays, says Taoiseach

09:00  21 june  2019
09:00  21 june  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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She said : “We’re following this with great interest and we hope this will open up possibilities of an orderly Brexit . On an extension, he added: “We need to be patient and understanding of the predicament that they’re in. “Of course any further extension must require and must have a credible

No scope for any further Brexit delays, says Taoiseach © AFP or licensors Patience: Leo Varadkar says there is hostility to another delay. Photo: Julien Warnard/Pool via REUTERS

The only way the UK can obtain another Brexit extension is by holding a general election or a new referendum, the Taoiseach has warned.

Leo Varadkar also welcomed the publication of an EU Commission report on details surrounding the negotiation of the Border backstop.

The document shows that British officials were joint architects of the backstop, dismisses a technical solution to replace it, and notes it ranges far beyond protecting north-south trade.

At the opening of an EU leaders' summit, Mr Varadkar warned of "enormous hostility" in the European Union toward allowing the UK to delay Brexit again beyond the October 31 deadline in order to seek new concessions from Brussels.

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But of course, any further extension must require and must have a credible and realistic way They spoke after talks in London between Labour and the government on a possible Brexit compromise He says the EU must be patient. But any proposal from the UK for another extension must involve “a

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

No scope for any further Brexit delays, says Taoiseach No wiggle room: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Photo: REUTERS/Yves Herman

The Taoiseach's strong comments came as outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrived for what could be her last summit, and Boris Johnson took another step toward succeeding her.

"While I have endless patience, some of my colleagues have lost their patience with the UK and there is enormous hostility to any further extension," Mr Varadkar said last night.

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

"What won't be entertained is an extension for further negotiations or further indicative votes," he said, referring to a series of non-binding votes in the UK parliament that failed to end the impasse.

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A spokesperson for the Taoiseach has said that the Government's goal is to see a Brexit deal agreed. Mr Starmer said the second vote would be between remaining in the EU and the option of a Mrs Foster said in Co Leitrim last Friday that she believes a deal on Brexit will be reached before

Theresa May says she regrets the delay but vows to "press on" with getting MPs to back her deal. A Brexit extension "only as long as necessary" and "no longer than 31 October" to allow for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, said the extension

"The time for that is long since past," he said.

Luxembourg's Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, a frequent UK critic, warned that the rejected deal was all that was on offer, even after the leadership in London changed.

"If they choose Boris Johnson, then he will have to deal with us on the agreement we have done with Theresa May," Mr Bettel said.

In recent campaign promises, Mr Johnson said he would reopen Mrs May's exit deal and dismantle the backstop element, which is more recently billed as the most disagreeable aspect of the deal.

Mr Johnson also suggested he could negotiate a new arrangement with Ireland during a transition period after Brexit, but Mr Varadkar dismissed this idea.

"There's no withdrawal agreement without a backstop and there's no implementation period without a withdrawal agreement," he said.

On the newly released report, Mr Varadkar said he was very familiar with its contents and understood various reasons why it was withheld until now.

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EU sources said Brussels instead would want to see a “positive majority” in the Commons for a solution before the summit on 10 April, putting the UK at a In a statement after a seven-hour cabinet meeting, May said she would be seeking a further short Brexit delay to allow new cross-party talks to come to

Irish Taoiseach says Theresa May's Brexit deal is the only one on offer. Mr Rutte also ruled out a further Brexit delay unless Mrs May's replacement rips up her negotiating red lines. 'If there are no changes in all the positions, I cannot see why it makes any sense to negotiate longer,' he said .

Dutch premier Mark Rutte replied "no" when asked if there was any realistic prospect of a renegotiation of the deal before the Brexit deadline of October 31.

Mr Rutte said there was scope for changes to the political agreement subsequent to the withdrawal agreement.

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