Leo: We can seal a Brexit deal in weeks

Taoiseach’s hope as May hit with dou­ble whammy

Irish Daily Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIR­ROR RE­PORTER

Leo Varad­kar on the Isle of Man yes­ter­day A BREXIT deal is pos­si­ble in the next cou­ple of weeks, the Taoiseach said yes­ter­day – but talks would still go on for years.

Leo Varad­kar spoke as the British Gov­ern­ment reeled from a dou­ble whammy.

Theresa May’s trans­port min­is­ter – Boris John­son’s brother Jo – quit over the with­drawal agree­ment.

And the DUP ac­cused the Prime Min­is­ter of be­ing “wed­ded” to a bor­der down the Ir­ish Sea.

Mr Varad­kar told yes­ter­day’s British-ir­ish Coun­cil meet­ing on the Isle of Man: “I’m hope­ful that it can be done in the next few weeks.

“I think it is more likely than not that we will be able to con­clude an agree­ment in the next few weeks be­fore the end of the year.

“But lots of things can go wrong and even if we can agree be­fore the end of the year, bear in mind that what’s agreed will have to be rat­i­fied in West­min­ster, will also have to be rat­i­fied by the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment.” Shortly af­ter he spoke Jo John­son an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion, say­ing: “It has be­come in­creas­ingly clear to me that the with­drawal agree­ment, which is be­ing fi­nalised even as I write, will be a ter­ri­ble mis­take.” He added the pro­posed deal would leave the UK “eco­nom­i­cally weak­ened, with no say in the EU rules it must fol­low and years of un­cer­tainty for busi­ness” but the al­ter­na­tive is a no-deal Brexit which “will in­flict un­told dam­age on our na­tion”. Call­ing for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum he said: “Given that the re­al­ity DUP’S of Brexit has Ar­lene Fos­ter turned out

YES­TER­DAY

THE Cen­tral Bank of Ire­land has pub­lished its strat­egy for the next three years and how they will deal with Brexit.

It sets out five themes which are be­ing pri­ori­tised as well as so­lid­i­fy­ing their com­mit­ment to serv­ing the pub­lic in­ter­est.

Gover­nor Philip R Lane said: “Brexit has short-term and long-term im­pli­ca­tions for the struc­ture of the Ir­ish econ­omy and the to be so far from what was once promised, the demo­cratic thing to do is to give the pub­lic the fi­nal say.”

Ear­lier yes­ter­day the DUP claimed a prom­ise made by Mrs May in a let­ter she would never let a divi­sion of the UK “come into force” was an ad­mis­sion that such a clause would be in­cluded in a fi­nal deal.

Party leader Ar­lene Fos­ter told RTE News: “From her let­ter, it ap­pears the Prime Min­is­ter is wed­ded to the idea of a bor­der down the Ir­ish Sea with North­ern Ire­land in the EU sin­gle mar­ket reg­u­la­tory regime.

“In other words we will have a dif­fer­ent reg­u­la­tory sys­tem from the rest of the UK, and essen­tially there’s go­ing to be a bor­der down the Ir­ish Sea. No union­ist would be able to sup­port that.”

The PM is wed­ded to the idea of a bor­der down the Ir­ish Sea AR­LENE FOS­TER

trad­ing sys­tem. It has also meant a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion in the set of firms look­ing to use Ire­land as a base to serve the EU27 fi­nan­cial sys­tem and it is forc­ing a re­think of the ap­pro­pri­ate frame­work for reg­u­lat­ing trade in fi­nan­cial ser­vices be­tween the EU27 and other lo­ca­tions.”

The strat­egy was de­vel­oped fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the pub­lic and other stake­hold­ers.

TALKS

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