About: Leo Varadkar

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.
Brexit 04-12-2017

Ireland ‘disappointed’ following Theresa May’s Brussels talks

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was "surprised and disappointed" on Monday (4 December) after Britain failed to agree to a draft deal with EU leaders on the status of the Irish border after Brexit.
Brexit 04-12-2017

Key meeting for Theresa May as Brexit talks enter decisive phase

Theresa May hopes to break the Brexit talks deadlock today (4 December) with a new offer on divorce settlements at a crunch meeting with EU officials, as some of her party members urge her to walk away unless there is progress.
Brexit 01-12-2017

Tusk flies to Dublin in attempt to ‘unlock’ the Irish border file

European Council President Donald Tusk will fly to Dublin on Friday (1 December) for talks with Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, in an attempt to resolve the Irish border issue, probably the thorniest one holding up a Brexit deal with Britain.
Elections 27-11-2017

Irish PM ‘doing everything he can’ to avoid election

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar "is doing everything he can" to avoid a snap general election, his spokesman said, but the crisis that has brought his minority government to the brink showed no obvious sign of resolution on Sunday (26 November).
Brexit 17-11-2017

Tusk to demand ‘more work’ from May to secure Brexit deal

European Council President Donald Tusk will warn British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Sweden on Friday (17 November) that "more work" is needed to reach a Brexit deal in December, according to sources.
Brexit 08-11-2017

Irish PM sees Brexit talks moving to next stage in December

It is likely that European Union leaders will allow Brexit talks to move onto trade relations in December, as long as Britain provides guarantees in writing on issues currently being debated, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday (8 November).
Economy & Jobs 29-09-2017

Tax fight draws divisions at EU digital summit

Supporters of a controversial new push to tax tech giants insist they will overcome fierce opposition from a group of around 10 member states.
Brexit 29-09-2017

Juncker: ‘Miracles’ needed to unlock next Brexit stage in October

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said it would take "miracles" for Brexit divorce talks to make enough progress by the end of October to move on to trade negotiations.
Brexit 18-08-2017

Frankfurt and Dublin make bankers feel wanted in battle for Brexit jobs

"I'm here to send you the regards of the Federal Chancellor. I am entitled to tell you we want you in Germany." This private message from Angela Merkel, delivered by a regional politician to Wall Street bankers last year, is having the desired effect.

Northern Ireland court rules gay marriage ban doesn’t violate rights

Northern Ireland's refusal to recognise same-sex marriage does not violate the rights of couples affected, the Belfast High Court ruled on Thursday (17 August), in a blow to campaigners in the only part of the United Kingdom that bans gay marriage.
Brexit 04-08-2017

Brexit to impact ‘every aspect of life’ in Northern Ireland: Irish PM

Brexit is "the challenge of our generation" with far-reaching consequences for all, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned Northern Ireland on Friday (4 August) on his first visit to the British province since taking office.
Competition 05-07-2017

Irish insurance companies raided by Commission officials

European Commission competition officials on Tuesday (4 July) raided the offices of a number of companies that provide motor insurance in the Republic of Ireland, as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of anti-competitive behaviour.
Brexit 28-06-2017

Irish PM warns turning goodwill into border solution looks ‘extremely difficult’

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday (28 June) it will be practically and legally "extremely difficult" to find ways to maintain an open border with Northern Ireland after Brexit.
Elections 18-05-2017

Irish PM Enda Kenny announces resignation

Enda Kenny announced yesterday (17 May) he will step down as Ireland's prime minister after six years once his Fine Gael party elects a new leader.