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IrelandExasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop

13:11  09 september  2019
13:11  09 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble Boris Johnson today insisted he is still determined to get a Brexit deal as he held crucial talks with his Irish counterpart in Dublin.

The Prime Minister conceded that No Deal would be a bad outcome for both sides, saying it would amount to a 'failure of statecraft' and politicians would be 'responsible'.

But he again insisted that the UK would be leaving the EU by October 31 come what may, saying failure to do so would cause 'permanent damage' to democracy.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he wants a general election in May 2020

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The Irish prime minister has warned Boris Johnson there will be no “clean break” from the EU, with further fraught negotiations to come if Britain crashes out without a deal . In a tough message to his British counterpart on the steps of Ireland’s Government Buildings, Leo Varadkar said Britain would

Boris Johnson has insisted he does want a Brexit deal to protect the economy and prevent a hard border in Ireland. At a press conference with the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar , Johnson said crashing out of the EU would be a failure ' for which we would all be responsible ' and reiterated his

He told a joint press conference he was 'undaunted' by mounting opposition to his stance in Parliament and there had to be a 'way out' of the backstop for the UK.

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on during a meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble He also claimed there was the 'ideal' amount of time to get an agreement.

However, Mr Varadkar today swiped that the UK has no 'realistic' plan for replacing the insurance policy for the Irish border. 'No backstop is No Deal,' he warned.

Mr Varadkar said that there was no such thing as a 'clean break' Brexit and issues will not end if the PM manages to force the UK out at the end of October.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar agree they can "see a pathway to a possible deal " after talks, Downing Street Nothing that happened in the privacy of a country house wedding venue on the Wirral means there will be a deal with the EU in the next seven days.

Boris Johnson tells Irish PM Leo Varadkar that the UK will 'never' put up a physical border with Ireland after they FINALLY speak amid bitter Brexit Mr Johnson told the Taoiseach the UK would be leaving 'come what may' on October in a phone call this morning - echoing language used with Scots

He said Mr Johnson faced a 'Herculean' task to get a comprehensive trade deal, and it would be worse if there was no divorce package.

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop
Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop
Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop

The PM is desperately scrabbling for a way of honouring his 'do or die' pledge to get Brexit done by October 31, after being cornered by an alliance of Labour, the Lib Dems, SNP and Tory rebels.

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Leo Varadkar says "big gaps" remain between the EU and the UK as the 31 October deadline looms. It will be "very difficult" for the UK and the EU to reach a Brexit agreement before the 31 October deadline, Irish leader Leo Varadkar has said .

Leo Varadkar said he was 'absolutely not' going to give in to the demand from Boris Johnson , jibing that the UK leaving the EU ' was not our idea'. Irish PM Leo Varadkar today warned he will not be 'bullied' into dropping the backstop as Boris Johnson 's Brexit plans ran into a wall of opposition.

They have passed a Bill - which will formally be placed on the statute book today - ordering him to beg the EU for an extension if no agreement has been agreed by October 19.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn and his allies are expected to again block the premier from holding a snap election in a crunch vote tonight.

Ministers are hunting for a way out of the trap, with claims they could sidestep the Remainer law by sending the required letter asking for an extension, alongside another one demanding the bloc ignores the request.

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks next to Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar (not pictured) in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble However, Labour former Lord Chancellor Lord Charlie Falconer said that move could break the law - while ex-Cabinet minister David Gauke said the second letter would 'carry no weight'.

Plaid Cymru leader Liz Saville Roberts said breaking the law should result in his impeachment by Parliament.

Mr Johnson himself backed such a move against Tony Blair in 2004, but the mechanism is has never been successfully used against a PM.

Varadkar warns Johnson 'worst yet to come' ahead of showdown

Varadkar warns Johnson 'worst yet to come' ahead of showdown Talks on the backstop should be the easiest part of the Brexit process, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned ahead of a showdown with Boris Johnson. 

Eurosceptics have been ramping up pressure on Mr Johnson to stick to his promise not to delay the UK's departure.

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © 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 Some suggested on a private WhatsApp group that he should simply ignore the legislation.

And Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen told MailOnline today that becoming a 'martyr to democracy' could be Mr Johnson's only option.

Mr Johnson said he believed it was possible to get a new agreement by October 18 - before the crunch comes on the law.

'I want to find a deal,' he said. 'I have looked carefully at No Deal. 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.

'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.'

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Johnson bunkered down in Chevening, the Foreign Secretary's country residence, yesterday to wargame the Brexit crisis with his closest aides. The group is understood to have included chief strategist Dominic Cummings (pictured outside his London home last week)

He added that he had an 'abundance' of proposals for how a soft border could be maintained between Northern Ireland and the Republic, while protecting the sovereignty of the UK.

Revealed: Boris Johnson 'will sabotage Remainer plot by sending letter requesting Brexit extension to EU as new law requires... then send ANOTHER explaining why they should ignore the first'

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'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.'

Speaking yesterday, ahead of the meeting, Mr Varadkar said he did not expect a breakthrough.

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop
Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop
Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop
Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop
Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop
Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop
Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop
Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop

'I don't think the meeting tomorrow is a high stakes meeting, as I don't anticipate a big breakthrough tomorrow, if we come to an agreement that agreement will happen in October at the EU summit,' Mr Varadkar said.

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The Irish Government has consistently stressed that negotiations on Brexit will only take place between the UK and the EU27, and the meeting will be about 'sharing ideas' rather than negotiating bilaterally on the UK leaving the EU.

'It will be an opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better, to see if there is common ground, I'm sure there will be,' Mr Varadkar added.

Labour MP: Corbyn unfit for office

A senior Labour MP has launched a tirade against Jeremy Corbyn's record as leader and blamed him for the party's current anti-Semitism crisis.

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © 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) John Mann, who is standing down at the next election to become the Government's anti-Semitism tsar, told The Sunday Times he could 'never forgive' Mr Corbyn for allowing the party's 'soul and ethics' to be 'hijacked'.

The MP for Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire also said he could not campaign for Mr Corbyn knowing he could become prime minister.

The 59-year-old, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group against anti-Semitism, told the newspaper: 'Every time I go into a meeting with a group of Jewish people, I wince when they raise the issue of the Labour Party and Mr Corbyn. It is impossible to overstate the anger that I have about that.'

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © Catalyst Images Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London, Britain, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Mr Mann said he would not 'lie' to voters in an election campaign, and added: 'Neither am I prepared to tell them that Mr Corbyn is appropriate to be prime minister. Because I don't think he is.'

DAN HODGES: Boris Johnson is taking a beating... but Jeremy Corbyn will step forward to save him this week

DAN HODGES: Boris Johnson is taking a beating... but Jeremy Corbyn will step forward to save him this week DAN HODGES:The Prime Minister should hold his nerve. Because a man on a white charger may be about to come riding to his rescue. A man by the name of Jeremy Corbyn. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Corbyn had better watch himself,' one MP tells me. 'I'm going to keep my head down for the next couple of weeks. But when reselection is out of the way, they can't touch me. And then I'm coming for him'. The Labour leader is pictured on Friday in Fife, Scotland The Labour Party conference starts this week in Brighton. With the Government in disarray, it should be the moment for the Opposition to pounce.

In comments issued yesterday which may queer the pitch for the meeting, the Taaoiseach reminded journalists Mr Johnson one voted in favour of Theresa May's deal.

He said: 'I'd hope that an opportunity to share each other's analysis and an opportunity to talk about some of the issues will be helpful,' he continued.

'I am conscious that Prime Minister Johnson did vote for the backstop at one point, and has taken a different position since then.

'The situation in the UK is very fluid at the moment, Prime Minister May, with a parliamentary majority was not able to get a deal through the House of Commons.'

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks next to Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble He added he would ask for evidence from the Prime Minister that he was 'actually capable or has the votes to get a deal through', in a reference to his dwindling minority government.

And with a nod to Johnson's 'die in a ditch' promise, he said: 'It's important we remember that this is not about politicians, it's about protecting people's jobs, business and peace and security,' he said.

'If an extension is required to do that, well I think any politician should be prepared to do that.'

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © 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) There has been much public interest in the meeting, with former secretary of state for Northern Ireland, and Labour MP Peter Mandelson, speaking on Ireland's national broadcaster RTE telling the Taoiseach: 'not to be taken in' and 'don't be conned' by Mr Johnson.

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, speaking ahead of the meeting released a statement saying that the British government intends to 'backtrack on solemn commitments made to the people of Northern Ireland'.

'Those commitments were the foundation of an agreement with the EU that would protect the peace process and avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland,' Mr Starmer said.

Exasperated Boris Johnson says No Deal 'would be failure for which we would all be responsible' as Irish PM Leo Varadkar says Britain has no 'realistic' plan for replacing backstop © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Taoiseach Mr Varadkar was speaking yesterday at a newly installed border port (pictured)

'When Boris Johnson meets the Irish Prime Minister, he must make absolutely clear there will be no rowing back and the Government will not take the negotiations down such a reckless path.'

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DAN HODGES: Boris Johnson is taking a beating... but Jeremy Corbyn will step forward to save him this week.
DAN HODGES:The Prime Minister should hold his nerve. Because a man on a white charger may be about to come riding to his rescue. A man by the name of Jeremy Corbyn. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Corbyn had better watch himself,' one MP tells me. 'I'm going to keep my head down for the next couple of weeks. But when reselection is out of the way, they can't touch me. And then I'm coming for him'. The Labour leader is pictured on Friday in Fife, Scotland The Labour Party conference starts this week in Brighton. With the Government in disarray, it should be the moment for the Opposition to pounce.

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