Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a three-hour meeting – at online sleuth Coleen Rooney’s 21st birthday party venue – where the pair emerged with the following statement:
“I think all sides would like there to be an agreement next week at the council if possible, and obviously there’s a further deadline after that, the 31st of October, so I would say a short pathway rather than a long one.
“What this is about is securing an agreement that works for the people of Ireland and also the people of Britain and Europe. If it works for the people of Ireland, what it means is, avoiding a hard border between north and south.
“That’s always been our primary objective, ensuring that the all-island economy can continue to develop, and that north-south cooperation, envisaged by the Good Friday Agreement, can resume. Those are our objectives, this has always been about achieving those objectives, and I think today they can be achieved.”
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening at Liverpool Airport heading back to Dublin.
It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs. In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest – it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister. #overandout
British PM Boris Johnson returned for Prime Minister’s Questions after 21 Tory MPs last night voted through a motion which paves the way for legislation to block a no-deal Brexit.
The questions kicked off at 12 noon.
In the last few minutes, Mr Johnson, speaking of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, said:
“He [Jeremy Corbyn] makes a contrast of this Government and his own proposals. The contrast could not be clearer. We think the friends of this country are to be found in Paris and in Berlin and in the White House and he thinks they’re in the Kremlin and in Tehran and in Caracas. And I think he’s Caracas, Mr Speaker.
“….we are growing the economy, he, by contrast, would put a £300billion tax on every company in the country, he wants a tax on homes and he’s calling incessantly for a general strike.
“The Shadow Education Secretary says that their economic policy is, and I quote Mr Speaker, by your leave, shit or bust. I say, I say it’s both.”
Macron plays along with Johnson’s 30 day Brexit deadline, for diplomatic reasons, but then adds there is very little chance of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement. Msg is clear from France: we want to be seen to have given you one last chance but….