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11/8/2018, 10:25 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Ireland will not soften on backstop - Varadkar

Ireland will not soften its position on the backstop when it comes to the Brexit agreement, Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (pictured) said during his speech at the European People's Party 2018 Congress, taking place in Helsinki.

"The ball is very much in London’s court. Internal British politics is really a matter for them. I just hope prime minister May is in a position to get any potential agreement through her cabinet and through her parliament... But we really have to stand by our objectives. The difficulties that happen in the United Kingdom can’t allow us in any way to soften our position in my view," the prime minister stated.

On Monday, Varadkar and his British counterpart Theresa May agreed that the best solution for the Irish border issue would be to incorporate it into a deal on the future UK-EU relationship.

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