Meanwhile, In Davos

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (far right) at the World Economic Forum in Davos this morning

This afternoon.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is currently in Davos for the World Economic Forum, responded to questions about Brexit.

RTÉ’s Brexit correspondent Europe Editor Tony Connelly is there…

More as he gets it.

19 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Davos

  1. Eoin

    “Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (far right) at the World Economic Forum in Davos this morning”

    “Far Right”? hahahahaha

        1. millie st murderlark

          You can see the little moue of distaste he makes every time he has to speak of the plebs.

    1. Cian

      …are there any specific points above that he said that you disagree with?

      As they are based around the UK honouring its obligations to the GFA and the peace process – I think they are all self-evident and valid.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Yes.
        1. He states that in the event of a No-Deal scenario, “the UK and Ireland would have responsibilities to honour the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process”. They ALREADY have this responsibility since it was ratified in 1999 and became part of the Constitution.

        2. Why is he confirming that Ireland would still be in the Single Market when there was never any question of us leaving it?

        3. He mentions the UK, Ireland and EU coming together. Ireland is part of the EU, therefore the parties to the discussion are the UK and the EU.

        4. What Leader condones a “period of chaos” rather than strive to avoid it, mitigate it?

        5. Final statement – here is no deal on the table – Plan A was rejected by the UK Parliament. As of yet, no Plan B has been presented.

        1. scottser

          Under GFA, the governments already have 3 platforms of co-operation;
          North/South Ministerial Council
          North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association
          North/South Consultative Forum
          the nsmc hasn’t met since 2016 because the NI Assembly won’t meet and form an executive. ‘Coming together’ may prove more difficult than we think.

        2. edalicious

          1-3 Semantics
          4 He’s not condoning the period of chaos, he’s suggesting going the other route to avoid the chaos since they’d probably end up in the same place regardless

        3. ReproBertie

          5 – In the absence of the Sasamachs presenting a Plan B, Plan A is still the only deal on the table.

  2. Slightly Bemused

    I reckon he or other Ministers should be talking to Airbus. What about getting the manufacture of the Airbus wings moved to Ireland, bring much needed jobs, improved infrastructure, etc. Base it in the south/south east to utilise Cork or Rosslare for shipping purposes. Might be a good idea.

    Reference: BBC article: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46984229

    1. Martco

      mmm.
      there’s a massive history there & all sorts of interpolitical craic (Airbus don’t just make nice civilian aircraft)
      I doubt the IDA would have the slightest clue where to even start, despite the ongoing madness its hard to see Bristol losing that.

      personally I’d love it if we had some proper mech engineering & aerospace manufacturing giants here…generally I’m not sure why we don’t have more of it but I’m guessing our geography makes anything like that a practical non-runner in first place

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Very true, and logistics if nothing else would likely be a major deciding factor. But worth exploring at least, rather than just throwing in the towel beforehand, which is what is appears our friends around the cabinet table are doing.

        1. Martco

          agree. got me curious on the boat situation…

          the largest ro-ro ferries in existence are Celine & Delphine
          interestingly they operate Hull – Zeebrugge at moment :)

          interestingly Dublin port has berthed them very recently as you can see in this marketing vid :)

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN0z4DP90I4

          not sure what all that was about but I’d suspect they were testing testing 123

          I took a spin over to Rosslare on Sunday afternoon for a look see. From what I can tell its still the same small quiet tumbleweed place it was 20 years ago (last time I was there)
          not a lot to see, defo no evidence of any infrastructure works anyway unless they’ve got a batcave somewhere

      2. dav

        @Martco, what do you base you’re feeling that the IDA “wouldn’t have a clue”. Is it due to our lack of heavy manufacturing or a lack of knowledge of the aircraft industry, because I might agree about 1 but not with the other.

  3. Martco

    mmm.
    there’s a massive history there & all sorts of interpolitical craic (Airbus don’t just make nice civilian aircraft)
    I doubt the IDA would have the slightest clue where to even start, despite the ongoing madness its hard to see Bristol losing that.

    personally I’d love it if we had some proper mech engineering & aerospace manufacturing giants here…generally I’m not sure why we don’t have more of it but I’m guessing our geography makes anything like that a practical non-runner in first place

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