11/9/2018, 2:04 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
more TeleTrader news

Varadkar plays down DUP's Brexit ultimatum

Speaking on Friday on the Isle of Man, Leo Varadkar, Ireland's taoiseach or prime minister, said the European Union is "more likely than not" to reach a comprehensive arrangement with the United Kingdom "in the next couple of weeks" on the trade regime after Brexit. However, he warned talks can go sideways in many areas and noted what is agreed would still need to be ratified. Turning to the Democratic Unionist Party's threat to the British government, he told reporters, during the meeting of the British-Irish Council, that there are other parties in Northern Ireland, too, apparently referring to the republican Sinn Fein.

The backstop was envisaged to ensure that a so-called hard border with Ireland would be avoided, he stressed and declared it is his priority to avoid the establishment of any barriers. The negotiations are in a "sensitive phase," Varadkar said. The process is "no clean break" and will last "very long," he claimed.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the "next few days" would be "critical." Even if there is no deal, "crashing out" needn't be inevitable, she added at the press conference and stressed "other options must be considered."

Breaking the News / IT