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US News 'Britain is now a small country': Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says UK will have 'weak position' in trade talks with the EU after Brexit

10:05  28 january  2020
10:05  28 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Leo Varadkar taunted Britain last night – saying it has become a ‘ small country ’ as it presses ahead with Brexit . The Irish leader said the EU would However, Mr Varadkar admitted Britain was in a 'very strong position ' on fishing waters while talking to the BBC. (Pictured in the Irish leaders debate

The Irish Prime Minister has told BBC News he believes the EU will have the upper hand in the He said : "The European Union is a union of 27 member states. The UK is only one country . But Mr Varadkar questioned the timetable set by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to get a trade deal with the

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during the seven way RTE leaders debate at the National University of Ireland Galway campus. © Getty Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during the seven way RTE leaders debate at the National University of Ireland Galway campus.

Leo Varadkar taunted Britain last night – saying it has become a 'small country' as it presses ahead with Brexit.

The Irish leader said the EU would have the 'upper hand' in post-Brexit trade talks, which formally begin after Britain leaves on Friday.

He warned the bloc would try to force big concessions on fishing rights for EU trawlers by exploiting Britain's 'weak position' on access to Europe's financial markets.

Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie: Leo Varadkar, pictured during a seven-way RTE leaders debate in Galway, Ireland, on Monday said that the UK would be on the back foot in trade negotiations as it is only 'one country' © Provided by Daily Mail Leo Varadkar, pictured during a seven-way RTE leaders debate in Galway, Ireland, on Monday said that the UK would be on the back foot in trade negotiations as it is only 'one country'

Speaking in Dublin about the trade talks, Mr Varadkar told the BBC: 'I don't think the UK has yet come to terms with the fact it's now a small country... I think the reality of the situation is that the European Union is a union of 27 member states. The UK is only one country.

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LEO VARADKAR has warned the UK will now be the ' smaller country ' during negotiations following its departure But Mr Varadkar , whose talks with the Prime Minister were seen as key in securing a Speaking to the BBC today, Irish Prime Minister , Leo Varadkar suggested the EU will now be a

The Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar , has said the UK that the EU will have the upper hand in post- Brexit trade talks . In a footballing analogy, he said the bloc had a “stronger team” because of its far larger population and market. Varadkar also suggested Boris Johnson may run out of time to

'And we have a population and a market of 450million people. The UK, it's about 60 [million]. So if these were two teams up against each other playing football, who do you think has the stronger team?'

Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie: However, Mr Varadkar admitted Britain was in a 'very strong position' on fishing waters while talking to the BBC. (Pictured in the Irish leaders debate in Galway, Ireland, tonight with Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald) © Provided by Daily Mail However, Mr Varadkar admitted Britain was in a 'very strong position' on fishing waters while talking to the BBC. (Pictured in the Irish leaders debate in Galway, Ireland, tonight with Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald) His comments sparked fury from Brexiteers. Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said: 'The UK has the equivalent GDP of 18 of the EU's smallest 27 countries; is the biggest export destination for the EU; the fifth largest export destination in the world; has the third most potent defence forces in the world... Small? Not really. The EU will be much smaller without the UK and our money.'

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Leo Varadkar said the UK had a 'colonial history' with Ireland Credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP. He added: “I don’t think the UK has yet come to terms with the fact it’s now a small country .” Ireland has a population of 5 million and a gross domestic product of £315 billion, making it the world’s

Leo Varadkar said it would be difficult to reach a trade deal on Boris Johnson’s timetableAIDAN The EU will have the upper hand in trade talks and will use Britain ’s “ weak position ” on access to the “I think the reality of situation is that the EU is a union of 27 member states. The UK is only one country .

Mr Varadkar admitted Britain was in a 'very strong position' on fishing waters, which Mr Johnson has vowed to fully reclaim after Brexit.

But the Irish PM warned the bloc could downgrade the City of London's access to financial markets to bounce the UK into allowing EU trawlers in its waters. 

He said: 'If financial services and entertainment... are cut off from the single market, the European market, that will be a very severe blow to the British economy. So, you may have to make concessions in areas like fishing.'

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: Boris Johnson signs the EU Withdrawal Agreement inside Downing Street. The UK is set to leave the EU in four days time © Provided by Daily Mail Boris Johnson signs the EU Withdrawal Agreement inside Downing Street. The UK is set to leave the EU in four days time

Trawlers from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Spain rely on access to UK waters and their fishing industries could collapse if it is withdrawn. EU diplomats say the bloc is ready to play hardball over the issue.

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His remarks come after the Irish prime minister , Leo Varadkar , said on Friday that “more and more people in Northern Ireland will come to question the union” if the UK crashed out of the EU . Meanwhile, the former Conservative minister Sir Oliver Letwin said Theresa May’s government had not done

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Mr Varadkar's comments came as internal negotiating documents seen by the Mail revealed Brussels will demand that existing fishing rights for EU trawlers are continued after Brexit. 

But the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: 'We are going to be taking back control of our own fishing waters. The EU should be in no doubt about our determination on that issue.'

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Underlining that Brussels will order Britain to stay aligned to its rules and regulations as part of a trade deal, Mr Varadkar added: 'There's a genuine concern across the European Union, that part of the motivation behind Brexit was for the UK to undercut us in terms of environmental standards, labour standards, product standards, food standards, all of those things.'

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THE IRISH Prime Minister has warned Boris Johnson the EU is “stronger” than Britain and will have the upper Leo Varadkar has claimed the EU has a "stronger" team. Despite Brexit being less than a week away, Irish prime minister also suggested it could be bad and the UK will come rushing back.

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Brussels is demanding its judges keep control after Britain leaves the European Union, it emerged last night.

The bloc is calling for judges to have the power to rule on any post-Brexit agreement with the UK.

According to an internal diplomatic document, the bloc wants the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to be able to enforce the terms of a trade, fishing and security deal.

Under previous talks, negotiators insisted that the UK follows the EU's rules and regulations in areas such as state aid and environmental protection - in a bid to try and prevent unfair competition.

a room filled with furniture and a large window: According to an internal diplomatic document, the bloc wants the European Court of Justice (pictured) to be able to enforce the terms of a trade, fishing and security deal © Provided by Daily Mail According to an internal diplomatic document, the bloc wants the European Court of Justice (pictured) to be able to enforce the terms of a trade, fishing and security deal

But new unprecedented proposals, seen by the Times, go even further.

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Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says Britain 's "colonial history" meant it misunderstood Ireland in Brexit talks and mistakenly thought that the UK and the European Union's other bigger countries would tell Varadkar said "the reality of the situation" is that the EU will have the upper hand in trade talks .

Leo Varadkar said the bloc would have the “stronger team” because of its sheer size and influence globally. He also warned that the EU would not The European Union will have the upper hand in trade talks with the UK , Ireland’s prime minister has said . Leo Varadkar said the bloc would have

The proposals, briefed to European diplomats, insist that the ECJ must have a role in ruling whether the UK has breached any rules that it signs up to.

The ECJ is based in Luxembourg and rules on matter of EU law.

The leaked document states that the 'UK is a partner like no other', citing its 'geographic proximity... economic interdependence and connectedness'.

The document goes beyond existing free trade agreements to 'ensure consistent interpretation of the agreement and secure the role of the (ECJ) in this respect'.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: The move - days before Brexit - was condemned by Brexiteers who called on Boris Johnson to 'walk away' from such talks © Provided by Daily Mail The move - days before Brexit - was condemned by Brexiteers who called on Boris Johnson to 'walk away' from such talks It also states it is 'seeking inspiration' from the government's withdrawal treaty, which gives the ECJ a significant enforcement role.

This suggests the EU will make significant demands linking Europe's markets to judicial supervision by European judges.

The move - days before Brexit - was condemned by Brexiteers who called on Boris Johnson to 'walk away' from such talks.

Former cabinet minister Sir Iain Duncan Smith said:  'We have simply got to say no,' he said. 'Nobody in their right minds would accept this and if they continue to pursue this then we simply have to walk away.'

Downing Street sources also rejected the proposal.

A source told the newspaper that the European court was 'by very definition not a neutral arbiter'.

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It comes as the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK's insistence on moving away from Brussels-made laws and the scrutiny of its judges meant trade without some form of customs checks was 'impossible'.

Speaking in Belfast, he said: 'The UK has chosen to become a third country, to leave the single market and the customs union, to leave behind the EU's framework of common rules, common supervision and common Court of Justice.

'It has chosen to create two regulatory spaces. This makes frictionless trade impossible. It makes checks indispensable.'

In further comments that will be set to worry Brexiteers, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar also indicated that Brussels would look for concessions on fishing in exchange for the UK's financial services industry to have better access to the European single market. 

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The Vote Leave campaign vowed that Britain would be able to have control of who fishes in UK territorial waters upon leaving the EU and the common fisheries policy (CFP).

At present, the CFP dictates how much British fishermen can catch and where, and fishermen have often complained they do not get a fair share of what is caught in UK waters.

The Taoiseach told the BBC: 'What happens in these things is trade offs.

'You may have to make concessions in areas like fishing in order to get concessions from us in areas like financial services.'

Responding to the comments, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesman said: 'We are going to be taking control of our fishing waters. We have been clear on that.'

 

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