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Let's be open to credible Brexit proposals from Britain: Ireland's Varadkar

Let's be open to credible Brexit proposals from Britain: Ireland's Varadkar

"The European Union can not forever be hostage to the resolution of a political crisis in the United Kingdom", he said.

He added that France was "open" to an extension of the Brexit deadline under certain conditions but that it was "neither a certainty nor automatic".

Publicly, he has positioned France as the toughest-talking nation in the Brexit saga, stressing the need for the United Kingdom to present a way forward.

Following the rejection of British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal three times, and inconclusive votes on alternative ideas in the House of Commons, Mr Macron said the country was on course to crash out of the EU.

"Recognising that the Withdrawal Agreement cannot be opened but if the United Kingdom changes its red lines, we could make changes to the declaration on the future relationship".

The Irish premier met with Macron ahead of talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin.

European Union losing patience as British MPs vote again on Brexit options
Reports said she was readying herself for a fourth time to put her deal to MPs after they rejected it last Friday. But the Conservatives are anxious that could hand power to the opposition Labour party.

As debates over the future of the Irish border intensify, one fifth said they would prefer if the nation left and joined the Republic of Ireland following any future referendum on the Irish border.

That becomes an even more hard task in a no-deal Brexit as Dublin has also pledged to maintain the integrity of the EU's single market, where goods move freely around the bloc without the need for checks.

Refusing border controls, however, could lead to the introduction of checks between Irish exports and the rest of the European Union, experts and officials have warned.

European Union sources told Reuters in February that Dublin would soon have to come up with a plan to ensure the integrity of the single market or face checks on its own goods coming into the rest of the bloc, if they are also allowed to move freely to and from a country that is no longer a member.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, Varadkar said Ireland would have dual priorities: protecting the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ushered in 20 years of relative peace and stability in Northern Ireland, and protecting the EU's single market. "What I mean by that is checks in European Union ports on all Irish products, that is not a runner and would cause significant damage to our economy so we will not allow it".