Leo Varadkar dismisses EU Brexit deal breakthrough – 'Haven’t seen an ...

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LEO VARADKAR quickly dismissed the "optimistic" claims of Jean-Claude Juncker that a Brexit deal could be achieved with a backstop in a damning interview.

PUBLISHED: 18:39, Fri, Sep 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 18:42, Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Jean-Claude Juncker revealed the EU may be willing to budge on the Northern Ireland backstop out of their fears of a no deal Brexit yesterday. But Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar explained that although the Irish government aligns with this view, they are yet to see any alternatives be put forward. Mr Varadkar said: “I heard what president Jean-Claude Juncker had to say yesterday.

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“It is very much the position of the European Union and the Irish government that we will consider any constructive proposals that the British government puts forward.

“But in order to reopen negotiations on the withdrawal agreement, those proposals would have to achieve all the things the backstop achieves.

“And we haven’t seen any proposals like that yet.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker explained that his meeting with Boris Johnson was a positive one.

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