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Leo Varadkar set to conclude Northern Ireland visit at Belfast Pride event

Leo Varadkar set to conclude Northern Ireland visit at Belfast Pride event

Varadkar called on Brexit negotiators to find "solutions" to the problems.

This is the first time that Varadkar will hold talks in Northern Ireland since he became Taoiseach.

The question of a transition period after the United Kingdom leaves the EU on 29 March 2018, in order to avoid a "cliff edge" scenario, has not yet been proposed by the EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

Theresa May's decision to leave the single market and customs union has led to increased political tension in Northern Ireland.

Despite delivering these messages in a polite tone, it's clear that things that might have been said privately under the previous taoiseach (Enda Kenny) are being said publicly by Varadkar.

His party colleague Noel Rock today entirely dismissing the suggestion from the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson that electronic tagging could be used on the border, in a similar system to electric tolls on motorways.

Speaking at Queen's University in Belfast on his first visit to Northern Ireland since being elected in June, he will spell out the challenges ahead.

If allowed to continue drift (like nearly every other urgent matter of concern to Northern Irish voters) beyond this year, then there's even a chance the DUP will recover enough seats in a second election to continue its blocking tactics.

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The United Kingdom faces an uncertain future after Brexit, with growing threats that both Scotland and Northern Ireland could break away.

"We know perfectly well that there are heads of member states that did not like the Brexit result", the Conservative MP told BBC Radio 4's World at One.

So, whilst Mr. Varadkar sounds tough, in reality "leaving it all up to the British" would be an unconscionably weak defence of Ireland's national interest.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams said his party will be telling Mr Varadkar that the Irish government has a responsibility to defend the Remain vote and to challenge any proposals that would see an economic border on the island of Ireland.

Police Service of Northern Ireland and Garda officers also joined Mr Varadkar at the event, arriving in a PSNI Land Rover.

Nigel Dodds, the DUP's Commons leader, warned Mr Varadkar of dire consequences if he pursued a sea border: "The Irish government has every right to advocate for their economy and citizens in the ongoing talks".

'The UK Government is committed to the restoration of Stormont and is working with all the parties and the Irish Government towards that shared goal'.


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