Published On: Mon, Oct 21st, 2019

Brexit news: Frustrated Varadkar rules more out concessions to DUP ’This is DONE!’ | World | News

was speaking after MPs passed the amendment on Saturday, which says Parliament will withhold approval of the prime minister’s EU deal until the withdrawal bill implementing Brexit has been passed – frustrating Mr Johnson’s bid to get his agreement through the House of Commons. With the backing the amendment as a result of their concerns about the implications of Mr Letwin’s deal for Northern Ireland, specifically the belief it could result in a so-called “border down the Irish Sea”.

This is done now – we have negotiated two deals with the UK Government at this stage, both of them supported by 28 governments

Leo Varadkar

However, pressed about the idea of the EU giving further ground to assuage their worries, said: “This is done now – we have negotiated two deals with the UK Government at this stage, both of them supported by 28 governments.

“There isn’t going to be any further change and I think the UK Government acknowledges that.

“Obviously the Government is disappointed that there wasn’t a vote in the House of Commons on the Brexit deal at the weekend.

“The UK has now requested an extension and, of course, an extension would be preferable to no deal if it comes to it.”

Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar, pictured with EU leaders, said there could be no more concessions (Image: GETTY)

Boris Johnson Leo Varadkar

Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar talk at last week’s European Council meeting (Image: GETTY)

With Speaker this afternoon rejecting a Government bid to give MPs a new vote on the plan today, uncertainty about the way forward continues to swirl around Westminster.

However, Mr Varadkar questioned the point of another delay to the implementation of Article 50, whereby the UK will finally quit the bloc.

Pointing out such a delay would need the unanimous agreement of all of the EU27, he said other nations were “reasonably asking what is the purpose of this extension”.

He asked: “Is it more time to ratify the deal, or is it for something else?

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Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is Ireland’s Taoiseach, their equivalent of Prime Minister (Image: GETTY)

“And I think some clarity from Westminster on that would be very helpful.”

Mr Varadkar stressed his beliefs that the risk of a no deal Brexit was “relatively low”.

However, he added: “Nonetheless, we need to continue to prepare for it and as a result of that, we are not stepping down our plans of preparing for a no deal.”

The DUP supported the amendment, two days after they rejected Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal.

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Boris Johnson pictured with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (Image: GETTY)

Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson said the UK “should leave as one nation” (Image: GETTY)

, the DUP’s Brexit spokesman, said: “It is far from the first time that DUP votes have been crucial on the issue of Brexit.

“In nearly half of all votes on the issue in Parliament, it has been DUP MPs who have ensured progress continued to be made towards our exit from the EU.

“The DUP wants to get Brexit done but it must be a Brexit for the whole of the United Kingdom. Our position has been clear and it has been consistent.

“DUP MPs supported the Letwin amendment as the only avenue available to properly scrutinise the deal on offer and attempt to secure changes that could address some of the concerns we have.


How a no deal Brexit would impact Irreland (Image: Daily Express)

“It was a situation that could have been easily avoided had the Prime Minister kept to words he penned to just a matter of two weeks ago.”

Stressing his party did not back a second referendum, but rather the “implementation of the first”, he added: “The people of the United Kingdom were asked whether the UK should leave the EU, not whether Great Britain should leave Northern Ireland behind.

“We want to leave as one nation. That remains our goal.

“If the Prime Minister remains willing to achieve that outcome he will find DUP MPs as willing partners in that project.”

Oliver Letwin

Oliver Letwin’s amendment was passed on Saturday (Image: GETTY)

, former Irish Ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, told “Leo Varadkar made big  concessions for the latest deal. He entered direct negotiations with Prime Minister Johnson, despite the EU ban on bilateral discussins with London, he agreed to reopen Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement and essentially ditched the backstop to avoid a No Deal Brexit.

“He is exasperated that the House of Commons is continuing to introduce uncertainity into the situation.

“He is pointing out that he has no more he can offer and desperately wants the deal to pass.”

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