Irish PM: No-deal Brexit increasingly likely, border poll would be 'divisive'

  • Irish PM: No-deal Brexit increasingly likely, border poll would be 'divisive'

Irish PM: No-deal Brexit increasingly likely, border poll would be 'divisive'

Mr Varadkar said equal standing for the competing political goals was at the heart of the Good Friday Agreement's concept of parity of esteem.

The government has said it is significantly ramping up no-deal preparations, with senior Johnson advisor Dominic Cummings claiming planning was going "great" despite scepticism about United Kingdom preparedness with just three months to go.

"We will see it as giving Britain an artificial comparative advantage and make us think about the need to retaliate against Britain, not to welcome Britain with new trade agreements", he said.

Mr Varadkar said if no deal happens "it will be as a outcome of decisions made in London".

Speaking to the BBC's Newsnight programme, he said a deal could be done.

The finance minister said he believed "the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is growing".

The Irish economy is considered the most vulnerable among remaining European Union members to Brexit and Ireland faces a 12-fold rise in the number of import and export declarations made by local companies in the event of a no-deal British exit.

Mr Donohoe said he believes a "cliff edge Brexit" can be avoided.

"We write to you Senator Cotton regarding your 8/3/19 letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson assuring "(Prime Minister Johnson) and the British people of our continued, unwavering support for the special relationship between our two countries as Britain leaves the European Union" and pledging to "minimize disruptions in critical matters such as global air travel, financial transactions, and the shipment of medicine, food, and other vital supplies" in the event of a hard Brexit.

The news comes as newly appointed Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, travels to meet his American, Canadian and Mexican counterparts to negotiate a post-Brexit trade agreement.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he will take the United Kingdom out of the bloc on October 31 come what may, even without a transitional deal needed to pave the way for future relations with the EU.

Speaking to journalists at the Irish embassy after his meeting with Mr Javid, Mr Donohoe warned the relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland would "fundamentally change" in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Earlier in the day, Michael Gove accused the European Union of refusing to engage in negotiations on a new Brexit deal.

"We will put all our energy into making sure that we can secure that good deal but at the moment it is the European Union that seems to be saying they are not interested", he said.

"They are simply saying "No, we don't want to talk".