Irish PM Still Concerned About Brexit Position of the UK

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On Friday, Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister, said that he remained to be concerned that Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, did not fully recognise the implications of leaving the customs union and single market of the European Union.

In a speech last Friday, May urged the European Union to show more flexibility in the discussions regarding a relationship after Brexit, saying that Britain realised that it could not be able to get all that it wanted, but she believed that an ambitious trade deal was still possible.

Varadkar stated: “She (May) has given a number of important reassurances today, which I welcome.

“However I remain concerned that some of the constraints of leaving the Customs Union and the Single Market are still not fully recognised.”

The Irish Prime Minister said that he particularly welcomed the “clear commitment” of PM May to the 1998 peace agreement of Northern Ireland and to a December agreement to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and the region.

Varadkar said that in the speech, May recognised that the United Kingdom will have to face difficult decisions “given constraints between some of the UK aims and the consequences of withdrawing from the European Union.”

However, while he welcomed the attempt of Theresa May to secure a very close relationship with the European Union after Brexit, he said that London must provide “more detailed and realistic proposals.”