Friday, 4 August 2017

Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar 'does not want economic border'

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has called for "unique solutions" to preserve the relationship between the UK and the European Union after Brexit.

On his first official visit to Northern Ireland, he raised the possibility of a bilateral UK-EU customs union.

The taoiseach described Brexit as "the challenge of this generation".

In response, the UK Government said it wanted a special partnership with the EU, including an "ambitious free trade agreement and a customs agreement".

Speaking to an invited audience at Queen's University, Belfast, Mr Varadkar said: "Every single aspect of life in Northern Ireland could be affected by Brexit."
Those who favour a hard Brexit have already had 14 months to come up with a plan, he warned.

"If they cannot, and I believe they cannot, we can then talk meaningfully about solutions that might work for all of us," he said.

BBC     News.