Taoiseach leo Varadkar and EU’s Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier this afternoon
Speaking today, Mr Varadkar said: “There’s very much a strong view across the European Union that there shouldn’t be any more extensions.
“While I have endless patience, some of my colleagues have lost patience, quite frankly, with the UK – and there’s enormous hostility to any further extension.”
He suggested he could only see an extension being agreed to allow for something like a general election or second referendum in the UK.
The Taoiseach added: “What won’t be entertained is an extension for further negotiations, or further indicative votes – the time for that has long since passed.”
Enormous Hostility To Any Brexit Extension – Varadkar (Newstalk)
Class wario writes:
Today’s Indo. Probably the most agreeable thing I’ve seen attributed to Leo….
Government Buildings, Dublin
The EU’s Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, in Dublin to discuss the Brexit crisis ahead of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday.
Taoiseach meets Michel Barnier in Dublin ahead of EU leaders’ summit (RTÉ)
EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels this morning
A no-deal Brexit is now more likely but can still be avoided, the EU’s chief negotiator has said.
Michel Barnier said a long extension to the UK’s current 12 April exit date carried “significant risks for the EU” and that a “strong justification would be needed” before the EU would agree.
…In the Commons votes on Monday, MPs rejected a customs union with the EU by three votes. A motion for another referendum got the most votes in favour, but still lost.
One suggestion has been the possibility of a general election – but former foreign secretary Boris Johnson told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg that would be likely to “infuriate” voters.
Brexit: No deal more likely but can be avoided – Barnier (BBC)
Tánaiste Simon Coveney meeting with Michel Barnier this morning
Tony Connelly, of RTÉ, reports:
The EU’s chief negotiator has said the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Irish backstop, was “the best deal possible” for the UK in the Brexit negotiations.
In an interview with RTÉ News, Mr Barnier dismissed reports of a bilateral arrangement between the UK and Ireland, saying the EU negotiated as one team.
Mr Barnier said the focus was now on the future relationship and the Political Declaration which sketches that relationship.
He said the EU was prepared to work again on the declaration to make it more “ambitious”.
EXCLUSIVE: Barnier insists Brexit deal is the best possible (RTE)
Pic: Tony Connelly