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Ireland Barnier rejects claims that change in Irish government is ‘concern’ to Brexit

12:00  28 january  2020
12:00  28 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has rejected claims that a change in government would be a concern to the Brexit process. Standing alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin, Mr Barnier was asked what advice he would give to any leader who is struggling

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Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar greets European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lorraine O'Sullivan © Catalyst Images Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar greets European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lorraine O'Sullivan EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has rejected claims that a change in government in Ireland would be a concern to the Brexit process.

Asked about the forthcoming Irish General Election, Mr Barnier insisted a change in government would not have an impact on his working relationship with Ireland.

“Obviously I have been informed of the next election in this country.

“Frankly speaking, as an EU negotiator I always worked with each and every other 27 EU member state with elected governments,” he said.

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Davis rejected claims that this amounted to a climbdown, arguing that later trade talks will take place in parallel with Barnier says he follows UK politics closely. But it is not for him to comment. As far as he is May lacks the authority to either drive through her stated Brexit approach or to change course.

Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator speak to the media at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lorraine O'Sullivan © Catalyst Images Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator speak to the media at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lorraine O'Sullivan

“I will continue to work with the government chosen by the citizens.”

Standing alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin, Mr Barnier was asked what advice he would give to any leader who is struggling to get re-elected.

Mr Barnier said: “Always walking in the middle of the road.”

The latest poll shows that Fianna Fail remains in the lead to be the majority partner in the next government.

The Red C poll, paid for by the Business Post newspaper, shows Micheal Martin’s party on 26% (up two), while Fine Gael has gone down seven points to 23% and Sinn Fein up by eight to 19%.

Leo Varadkar cutting a cake: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Michel Barnier at Government Buildings in Dublin (Damien Eagers/PA) © Damien Eagers Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Michel Barnier at Government Buildings in Dublin (Damien Eagers/PA)

The Greens are polling at 8%, up one, Labour are on 4% and Solidarity-People Before Profit on 2%.

The poll also shows that Independent candidates are feeling the pressure due to Sinn Fein’s popularity. Their support is down by two points to 14%.

The Fine Gael leader commented on Monday that while he said he would not offer a “running commentary” on polls, he pointed out that he is ahead when measured against other party leaders.

“If you look at the polls, for what it’s worth, in the Ipsos (MRBI opinion) poll, when the party leaders are measured against each other, the polls put me slightly ahead of the other party leaders,” he added.

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The criticism contradicted Theresa May’s claims that it was the UK providing clarity on Brexit . The British government has decided not to publish a position paper on the Brexit financial settlement, an aspect of Davis’s However, Verhofstadt said he saw signs of change in the UK, such as greater

May faces a significant split within her Brexit inner cabinet over whether to push ahead with a But ministers on both sides made it clear they are unlikely to change their minds, leading many in the Simon Coveney, the Irish deputy prime minister, has suggested, however, that the Irish border deal

Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator speaks to the media at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lorraine O'Sullivan © Catalyst Images Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator speaks to the media at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lorraine O'Sullivan

“In the Red C poll at the weekend it showed that the public trusted my party with Brexit ahead of all other parties by quite a distance.

“But one thing I do know is that there’s been a huge focus in this election on really important issues like health and housing and childcare, and reducing people’s taxes and making sure that more money is in their pockets.

“All of that costs money. It’s going to cost a lot of money to deliver those projects.

“We will have to generate revenues of billions of euros over the next couple of years, and that’s only possible if we keep the economy strong and to do that we have to have a good trade deal post-Brexit.

“The issues that dominate this election are actually very much interlinked, because only a strong economy and only a favourable Brexit for Ireland will allow us to do all of the things in health care, housing, childcare, that we all know are necessary.”

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