Irish PM wants to meet Johnson to understand ‘real red lines’

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) and Defence Minister Leo Varadkar speaks during a news conference after the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

GLENTIES, Ireland (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Friday said he would need to meet his British counterpart Boris Johnson to understand his “real red lines” on Brexit, and that Ireland had shown in the past that it could be flexible.

Varadkars deputy Simon Coveney said on Friday that Johnsons approach to Brexit was “very unhelpful” and that he appeared set on a collision course with the European Union that would preclude an orderly exit with a transition deal.

“What I would like to do when I get a chance to speak to him is to get a sense from him as to what he is thinking and what his plans are. He has demonstrated a degree of flexibility in the past,” Varadkar told a politics forum.

“Dealing with counterparts, you only really get a sense of where they are going and what their real red lines areRead More

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