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IrelandBrexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal

12:55  09 september  2019
12:55  09 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Boris Johnson has said he would " overwhelmingly " prefer Britain to leave the EU with a Brexit deal . The British Prime Minister, in Dublin for talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, said he believed it was possible to get a new agreement by October 18.

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Boris Johnson has said he would "overwhelmingly" prefer Britain to leave the EU with a Brexit deal.

The British Prime Minister, in Dublin for talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, said he believed it was possible to get a new agreement by October 18.

Standing beside the Fine Gael leader outside Government Buildings this morning, he said: "I want to find a deal. I have looked carefully at no-deal.

Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal © Colin Keegan, Collins Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Government Buildings "Yes, we could do it, the UK could certainly get through it, but be in no doubt that outcome would be a failure of statecraft for which we would all be responsible.

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"I would overwhelmingly prefer to find an agreement. I do believe that a deal can be done by October 18 so let's do it together."

The Taoiseach welcomed his British counterpart this morning at the doors to Government Buildings, where Mr Johnson was overheard mentioning the "very well behaved press".

Shortly after Mr Johnson arrived, Mr Varadkar tweeted: "British Prime Minister @BorisJohnson has arrived at Govt Buildings. We'll be talking #Brexit. The stakes are high. Avoiding the return of a hard border on this island and protecting our place in the single market are the Irish Government's priorities in all circumstances."

Beginning his statement shortly afterwards, Mr Varadkar "sincerely" welcomed the Prime Minister.

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"We both agree we have much to discuss, we accept the democratic and sovereign decisions to leave the EU," he said.

Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble "However in my view the story of Brexit won't end if the UK leaves the EU the 31st October or 31st of January.

"There is no such thing as a clean break."

"No deal will cause much disruption to Ireland," Mr Varadkar added.

"All issues which we have resolved in the Withdrawal Agreement, agreed by 28 governments.

"Well have to deal with issues like tariffs and state aid, ratified by 28 governments."

Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal © Catalyst Images DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 09: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) meets with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings on September 9, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting between the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach focused on Brexit negotiations, with Varadkar warning Johnson that leaving the EU with no deal risked causing instability in Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) Mr Varadkar added that organising trade deals with the US and other governments would be a "Herculean task".

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"We do want to be your friend and ally in doing so," he added.

"I am ready to listen, but what we will not do is replace a legal guarantee with a promise.

"So the stakes are high, avoiding a return to a hard border is the priority of this government.

"We are open to all alternatives legally workable but we have not received such to date.

"The Good Friday Agreement is the best example to show that old foes can come together and as co-guarantors of that agreement.

"I look forward to talking to you about how we can restore the institutions in Northern Ireland."

Asked about the Irish border, and why he has not returned as PM, Mr Johnson said: "I've seen the old border and how absolutely vital it is we keep the open border, on the plan, it's fairly obvious, we need to find a way of ensuring that the UK is not kept locked in backstop arrangement while giving Ireland the assurance that it needs," he said.

"Whether it's electronic pre-clearance or concept of the unity of island for agri-foods, and other ideas we'll bring forward to address the full range.

"I don't underestimate the technical problems but I do think there is a way through."

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"The 27 will want a shared position and we respect that, but we will talk with our Irish friends how we can help that," Mr Johnson said.

"It is incumbent on us as the UK to talk to Ireland."

Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal © Catalyst Images DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 09: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the media ahead of his meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings on September 9, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting between the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach focused on Brexit negotiations, with Varadkar warning Johnson that leaving the EU with no deal risked causing instability in Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) Mr Varadkar said that direct rule in Northern Ireland would be: "Contrary to the St Andrews agreement" and "we want to see east-west institutions used to full effect to give us an opportunity to have a consultative role in any big decision in Northern Ireland."

Mr Varadkar, when asked about alternatives to the backstop, said: "I'm very keen to have this matter resolved at the EU summit. Brexit has dominated politics for far too long now. This is an opportunity for common ground and finding a solution.

"As for an extension, we'd like to see this dealt with but if there is a good reason to have an extension we would consider it."

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Mr Johnson said that everyone understands the political sensitivities of the border.

Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal
Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal
Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal
Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal
Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal
Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal
Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal
Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal
Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal
Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal

He said: "But also we must allow UK democratic decision to be honoured, I genuinely think it can be done, there is a way forward and I'm delighted it's been approached in a positive way in Dublin."

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"There are an abundance of proposals that we have but I don't think reasonable to share with you today Karl, (journalist), we have indicated areas progress needs to be made," Mr Johnson said.

"Be in no doubt we can do it and will address it enthusiastically. "30 years - I mean 30 days ought to be enough if we concentrate our minds."

Mr Johnson said that it was essential that Britain left the EU by the deadline of October 31.

Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would 'overwhelmingly' prefer Britain to leave EU with a deal © Catalyst Images DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 09: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) meets with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings on September 9, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting between the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach focused on Brexit negotiations, with Varadkar warning Johnson that leaving the EU with no deal risked causing instability in Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan - Pool/Getty Images) Speaking alongside Mr Varadkar, he said it should be possible to do so while preserving the unchecked movement of people and goods across the Irish border, maintaining the Good Friday agreement and protecting the economic unity of the island of Ireland.

"I think we can achieve these things while allowing the UK to withdraw whole and entire from the EU," he said.

"Strip away the politics and at the core of each problem you find practical issues that can be resolved with sufficient energy and a spirit of compromise."

Asked about the situation in the Commons, the PM said: "We will come out on October 31, and I'm sure that parliamentarians will see the wisdom of doing that and respecting, honouring, the referendum result - the democratic referendum result.

"And, I'm absolutely undaunted by whatever may take place in Parliament.

"I think what the British people want us to do is to deliver a deal and to get on and take us out on October 31."

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