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Ireland ‘I don’t play dirty’ — Leo Varadkar refutes accusations of British press

17:15  09 october  2019
17:15  09 october  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar , who spoke with Mr Johnson by phone for about 45 minutes on Tuesday, said he would strive until the "last moment" to reach a " I think it is, from some quarters, but you know I don ' t play dirty . You know, I don ' t think most EU leaders do either. We've been very straight up from

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Leo Varadkar standing in front of a brick building © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has refuted accusations formulated by some elements of the British press that he is attempting to sabotage Brexit negotiations, simply stating: ‘I don’t play dirty.’

As the prospect of securing a Brexit withdrawal agreement dwindles daily, Mr Varadkar has intensified discussions with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, conducting a lengthy meeting over the phone on Tuesday evening and indicating plans for the two leaders to meet in person later this week.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - OCTOBER 04:  Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks to the media next to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a stop on their biking tour through the Danish capital on October 4, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. After their tour the two Prime Ministers will have lunch together and hold a press conference. Highest on the agenda for this one day visit will be Brexit, but also other issues will be discussed. One of these is climate change and how to ensure that the EU takes the lead. One of the reasons for the visit is that Ireland is opening a new trade office in Copenhagen. (Photo by Ole Jensen/Getty Images) © Catalyst Images COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - OCTOBER 04: Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks to the media next to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a stop on their biking tour through the Danish capital on October 4, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. After their tour the two Prime Ministers will have lunch together and hold a press conference. Highest on the agenda for this one day visit will be Brexit, but also other issues will be discussed. One of these is climate change and how to ensure that the EU takes the lead. One of the reasons for the visit is that Ireland is opening a new trade office in Copenhagen. (Photo by Ole Jensen/Getty Images) Both Mr Varadkar and Mr Johnson have reaffirmed their enduring commitment to finding a way out of the Brexit impasse, but the Taoiseach has warned that he is not willing to conclude a deal ‘at any cost’.

UK’s ‘non-paper’ Brexit proposals would be evidence of bad faith – Varadkar

  UK’s ‘non-paper’ Brexit proposals would be evidence of bad faith – Varadkar Irish state broadcaster RTE reported that the suggestion sent to the EU by the UK would lead to the posts being built close to the border. The leader of Ireland’s opposition party Micheal Martin asked Mr Varadkar whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed the non-papers during their recent meetings in Dublin and New York.“I’m conscious when answering your question that I am talking about non-papers that I haven’t seen,” Mr Varadkar said during leaders’ questions.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar , who spoke with Mr Johnson by phone for about 45 minutes on Tuesday, said he would strive until the "last moment" to reach a " I think it is, from some quarters, but you know I don ' t play dirty . You know, I don ' t think most EU leaders do either. We've been very straight up from

Boris Johnson spoke to his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar , on Tuesday evening. Without naming Johnson, Dominic Cummings or any other figure in the British government, Coveney said there At sombre press conferences after the budget successive ministers detailed their departments’ no-deal

A number of briefings published by Mr Johnson’s Downing Street administration on Monday and Tuesday indicate the highly precarious nature of the current relationship between the UK and Brussels, painting both the EU and the Irish Government as inflexible and intransigent.

Leo Varadkar, Boris Johnson are posing for a picture © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland The Spectator, a British magazine with close ties to the Conservative Party, also reported Downing Street sources as saying: ‘Varadkar has also gone back on his commitments — he said if we moved on manufactured goods then he would also move, but instead he has just attacked us publicly.’

The sources went on to insist that the Taoiseach ‘doesn’t want to negotiate’ and is willing to ‘gamble on a second referendum’, encouraging leading EU negotiator Michel Barnier ‘to stick to the line that the UK cannot leave the EU without leaving Northern Ireland behind’.

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LEO VARADKAR has been subjected to a scathing attack with MPs likening him to Boris Johnson after he compared Sinn Féin to wolves. “ I don ' t think that is a comment worthy of the office of an Taoiseach. " I think that those remarks really trivialise and make light of what is a very serious job.

He plans to visit Irish leader Leo Varadkar in a bid to convince the premier to help hammer out viable deal, after they had a lengthy telephone call this afternoon. The 40-minute chat came after the EU accused Boris Johnson of a 'stupid blame game' after he said the bloc had made a deal 'impossible'.

Speaking on RTE on Tuesday night, Mr Varadkar refuted these claims, asserting: ‘I don’t play dirty. I don’t think most EU leaders do either. We’ve been very straight up.’

Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Revealing his pessimism about the current state of Brexit negotiations, Mr Varadkar added: ‘I think it’s going to be very difficult to secure an agreement by next week quite frankly.’

Criticising the proposal submitted by Mr Johnson to the EU last week surrounding the Irish border, Mr Varadkar said the UK had reneged on commitments made to Northern Ireland and then ‘put half of that back on the deal and said that’s a concession, which it isn’t really.’

As anxiety increases about the likelihood of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal on October 31, reports suggest that Mr Johnson may travel to Dublin on Thursday or Friday to meet with Mr Varadkar. 

Varadkar says Johnson told him he's confident of getting MPs to back Brexit deal .
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