About: Leo Varadkar

Brexit 10-09-2019

Johnson tells parliament: You can tie my hands, but I will not delay Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday (10 September) he would not request an extension to Brexit, hours after a law came into force demanding that he delay Britain's departure from the European Union until 2020 unless he can strike a divorce deal.
Brexit 12-08-2019

British PM Johnson to meet Ireland’s Varadkar over Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted an offer to meet Irish leader Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit and the Northern Irish backstop, the Sunday Telegraph said citing UK government sources.
Brexit 31-07-2019

Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland, heart of Brexit battle

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday (31 July) meet leaders in Northern Ireland, the key battleground in Britain's fight to leave the European Union and the focus of increasingly tense rhetoric on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Economy & Jobs 12-07-2019

Irish parliament calls on government to thwart EU-Mercosur deal

Ireland's parliament voted on Thursday (11 July) to press the government to lead opposition inside the European Union to a draft trade deal that Brussels has struck with the Mercosur bloc of South American countries.
Brexit 06-06-2019

Trump says Ireland’s Brexit ‘wall’ will ‘work out very well ‘

US President Donald Trump voiced confidence Wednesday (5 June) that Ireland's post-Brexit "wall" situation with its UK neighbour will work out fine, earning a quick retort from the Irish premier who noted that a wall is the last thing his country wants.
Electricity 29-05-2019

France and Ireland tap up EU for €667m to build power link

The leaders of France and Ireland asked European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday (28 May) to back their request for over half a billion euros in energy project funding, which would be earmarked to 'Brexit-proof' Ireland's power needs.
EU Elections 2019 26-05-2019

Ireland’s Greens surge in European, local elections

Support for Ireland's Green Party surged in European and local elections, an exit poll showed on Saturday (25 May), putting it in line to take its first seats in the European Parliament for 20 years and make the biggest gains in county and city councils.
Brexit 09-04-2019

UK almost certain to contest EU elections as May prepares to make new concessions

The UK is increasingly likely to contest the European elections next month, after Theresa May’s Conservative party formally began its process of selecting candidates for the poll.
Brexit 05-04-2019

Merkel hopes UK can present new Brexit proposals next week

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hopes crisis cross party talks in London aimed at breaking the domestic deadlock over Britain’s exit from the European Union can produce a common position by the time EU leaders meet next week. British...
Brexit 04-04-2019

Commons vote 313 to 312 to seek Brexit extension

The British government and the main opposition were to hold further crisis talks on Thursday  (4 April) after MPs voted in favour of a Brexit delay that would avoid Britain crashing out of the EU on 12 April.
Brexit 11-03-2019

Britain braces for decisive week of Brexit votes

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to reveal Monday (11 March) what changes, if any, she has secured to her EU divorce deal, on the eve of a crucial vote in parliament less than three weeks before Brexit day....
Brexit 07-02-2019

Work urgently with me on Brexit – Britain’s May appeals to EU

Prime Minister Theresa May will call on the European Union on Thursday (7 February) to work with her to change a divorce deal and help her win the support of a divided parliament to smooth Britain's departure from the bloc.
Brexit 06-02-2019

‘Special place in hell’ for Brexiteers with no plan, says Tusk

Brexiteers with no plan of how to deliver on their exit plans deserve a "special place in hell", EU Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday (6 February), sparking a new war of words with UK politicians bent on leaving the bloc this March.
Brexit 29-01-2019

Tear up Irish backstop, MPs tell May in new Brexit twist

Theresa May will attempt to re-open talks with EU leaders on the controversial Irish backstop in the latest twist to the Brexit crisis.
Brexit 11-12-2018

May heads to Netherlands, Germany in bid to save Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit Germany's Angela Merkel Tuesday (11 December) as she works to salvage her Brexit deal, the day after delaying a parliamentary vote on it to avoid a crushing defeat.
Brexit 10-12-2018

EU court offers Brexit way out as May moves to delay crunch vote

The European Court of Justice ruled on Monday (10 December) that the UK can unilaterally halt the Brexit process as Theresa May moved towards delaying a crunch vote on her EU Withdrawal Agreement in the UK parliament.
Brexit 08-11-2018

EU hopes fade for November summit to seal Brexit deal

EU officials on Wednesday (7 November) poured cold water on hopes of holding a special summit this month to seal a Brexit divorce, saying talks have made some progress -- but not enough.
Brexit 06-11-2018

EU to offer Irish border compromise in Brexit talks – sources

The European Union is preparing to back a compromise proposal on the Irish border to resolve the last major hurdle in Brexit negotiations, the Times newspaper reported on Monday (5 November).
Brexit 05-10-2018

Tusk slams UK slurs on EU, urges ‘Canada +++’ Brexit deal

European Council President Donald Tusk sharply criticised what he called "emotional" and "insulting" statements about the EU by British ministers and urged London on Thursday 94 October) to accept an offer of very close post-Brexit ties.
Brexit 23-07-2018

Irish PM tours EU capitals as fears of hard Brexit grow

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar begins a tour of three European capitals to discuss Brexit and other issues on Monday (23 July), amid signs of continuing division between London, Brussels and Dublin on preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit next year.
Freedom of thought 28-05-2018

Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote

Ireland voted by a landslide to ditch its strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said had finally lifted decades of stigma and shame.
Brexit 18-05-2018

Britain will leave customs union, May says, to offer Ireland backstop

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday (17 May) Britain would leave the EU customs union after Brexit but a source said London was considering a backstop plan that would apply the bloc's external tariffs beyond December 2020.
Brexit 20-03-2018

Ireland says Brexit border deal ‘legally firm’, DUP says not resolved

The Irish government on Monday (19 March) said an agreement that would leave Northern Ireland within the European Union's customs union after Britain leaves the EU was "legally firm," but Northern Ireland's largest party said the issue remained open for debate.
Brexit 07-12-2017

Davis: Britain has not formally assessed impact of Brexit on economy

Britain has not conducted formal sector-by-sector analyses of the impact that leaving the European Union will have on the economy, Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday (6 December), arguing they were not necessary yet.

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