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Johnson And Varadkar Stand On Two Sides Of The Brexit Fence

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Leo Varadkar

After his successful visit to Scotland, British PM Boris Johnson has been visiting Dublin. This is reportedly his first face-to-face meeting with Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar since he entered Downing Street in July. Johnson was in town trying to work a way out of the Brexit saga.

He said he believed a deal was still possible by the EU summit in October but on the flip side, Varadkar thinks otherwise. The Irish PM says that there was no such thing as a clean break between the UK and the EU.  Both PMs are definitely standing on the opposite side of the Brexit fence.

Johnson had also ruled out asking the EU to delay the Brexit deadline of 31 October while the Irish government said it would support another extension.

Ahead of the meeting, Varadkar has further added that he would be asking Boris Johnson how he plans to get a Brexit deal through Parliament when he does not have a majority in the House of Commons. Mr Johnson told reporters in Dublin that he was “absolutely undaunted” about what might happen in Parliament in the coming days.

Of concern also is the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, if the Brexit deal comes through. Once the Brexit deal kicks in, this is going to become a point of concern. The UK government currently holds a stand that the plan specifically aims to avoid an immediate hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland if the UK leaves without a deal in place. If the deal comes through then the Irish government has insisted that a temporary border be initiated, but Boris Johnson has said he will not sign up to a deal unless the backstop is removed from the withdrawal agreement.  

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