In the Dáil, during Leaders’ Questions.
Following on from MPs in London voting down the UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal 432 to 202…
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said:
“This is a problem that began in Westminster, with the referendum on Brexit. We found a solution – the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated over months and months, agreed by 28 governments.
“And now Westminster has rejected that solution. So the problem lies in Westminster. And I welcome the fact the Prime Minister has said that she’s now going to engage with senior politicians from all parties to see if they can come together with a way forward, with a Brexit that commands a majority in the House of Commons.
“But whatever they come up with must be acceptable to us in Ireland the European Union as a whole.”
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“The compromise reached after 18 months is the best compromise. It is the result of constructive work and attitude, which we will maintain until the end: calm, unity, dialogue and transparency. It is now for the UK to clarify how it wishes to proceed”@MichelBarnier #Brexit pic.twitter.com/VFEtEH9TKe
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) January 16, 2019