Taoiseach urged to hold off on call­ing elec­tion

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS | POLITICS -

FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin has called Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar not to col­lapse the Ir­ish govern­ment un­til Brexit is­sues have been re­solved.

Mr Martin wrote to the Fine Gael leader on Fri­day sug­gest­ing that they both com­mit to main­tain­ing the Dublin ad­min­is­tra­tion in its cur­rent form un­til a deal has been rat­i­fied.

Mr Martin wrote: “In light of re­cent de­vel­op­ments and as we head into this crit­i­cal pe­riod on Brexit I think it best if we both state up­front, ir­re­spec­tive of what hap­pens dur­ing the sup­ply re­view process, that we both agree not to bring down the govern­ment.”

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael en­tered into a con­fi­dence and sup­ply agree­ment in May 2016 which en­abled the for­ma­tion of the cur­rent mi­nor­ity, Fine Gael-led govern­ment.

The agree­ment is now up for re­view. He said both par­ties should con­tinue to pass the Fi­nance Bill and other leg­is­la­tion at least un­til a deal was reached be­tween the UK and the EU on Brexit and it had been rat­i­fied by West­min­ster and Stras­bourg.

A Fianna Fail spokesman said the two lead­ers agreed to meet next week.

If Mr Varad­kar agrees to the Fianna Fail leader’s pro­posal, it would mean a gen­eral elec­tion would be un­likely be­fore Christ­mas. EU lead­ers are to meet to dis­cuss the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions at a crunch sum­mit in Brus­sels next week.

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