To prevent an unwanted snap general election, Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister, is pulling out all the stops in a race against time.
Varadkar “is doing everything he can” to prevent Ireland from going to the polls before Christmas. He only has until Tuesday before the opposition party – which has pledged temporary support of the government earlier – delivers a motion of no confidence before the parliament in Frances Fitzgerald, the deputy prime minister.
The motion that was brought by Fianna Fail follows the handling of Fitzgerald of a whistle-blowing case of a police. Varadkar has pledged to summon a general election if the motion is not thwarted.
Varadkar and Micheal Martin, the Fianna Fail leader, are locked in discussions regarding the matter, which are set to go to the wire.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Varadkar said: “The Taoiseach is doing everything he can to avoid an election, and hopes it will be possible to reach agreement with Micheal Martin.”
A general election could affect the pivotal role that the Ireland is set to play in a European Union summit on Brexit that is starting on the 14th of December. Varadkar is to update the leaders of the European Union on whether sufficient progress has been made regarding a future border between the Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
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In 2016, opposition Fianna Fail pledged not to vote against a Fine Gael-led minority government in confidence motions and to provide backing on three budgets, two of which have subsequently been passed.