Top, from left: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Michel Barnier, European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union and Phil Hogan (European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development) following a bilateral meeting on Brexit.
European Council President Donald Tusk said:
“…the task of the EU’s negotiator is to defend the interest of the EU as a whole and of all the 27 member states. We very much regret the UK has decided to leave, and we hope for the best relationship in the future.
“But no-one can expect that the EU will give up its fundamental values and key interests. Let me make this clear, the EU wants a relationship with the UK that is as close and special as possible.“
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Top: Taoiseach Leo Vardkar with Donald Tusk, President of the ERuropean Council in Brussels today
“That is ultimately a decision for them, however, and that may change. Countries can take positions, often very strong positions, they are often negotiating positions, and yet the final outcome might be more favourable.
While Britain says they intend to leave the customs union and the single market, they also say they want a Free Trade Agreement, and while many of the elements of a free trade agreement, while not being the same as the customs union, may not be that far from that.”
Taoiseach Leo Vardkar today following a meeting with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.
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