Irish PM Leo Varadkar admits his country's economy will be hammered by a no deal Brexit

Mail Online | 1/17/2019 | Kate Ferguson, Senior Political Correspondent For Mailonline
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The Irish PM Leo Varadkar today admitted that a no deal Brexit would hammer his country's economy.

But he laid the blame for the Brexit chaos at Theresa May's feet saying the problem lies with 'Westminster'.

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And he said the Prime Minister must abandon her 'red lines' of leaving the EU's customs union and single market if she wants to get a deal done.

Mr Varadkar said: 'A no-deal scenario would have a deeply negative impact on jobs, on the economy, particularly the traded and agri-food sectors, our farmers and fishermen, our rural economy, our businessmen and women all over the country.

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'A no-deal scenario would not protect the peace in Northern Ireland, so we have to work hard to avoid it.'

He said: 'We should never forget that Brexit is a British policy that originated in Westminster. That solution has now been rejected by Westminster, the problem now lies there.'

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He added: 'The onus is on Westminster to come up with solutions that they can support, but they must be solutions that the EU and Ireland can accept.

'We have always said that if the UK were to evolve from its red lines on the customs union and the single market, that the European position would evolve also.'

Leaders - Mrs - May - Brexit - Plan

It comes as EU leaders urged Mrs May to come up with a new Brexit plan and warned they are ramping up no deal planning.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Theresa May to come up with a new plan on Brexit today as she insisted there is still time to negotiate.

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Speaking in Berlin this morning, Mrs Merkel suggested there was still enough time left to rework the package.

'We still have time to negotiate but we're now waiting on what the Prime Minister proposes,' she told reporters.

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However, Berlin's foreign minister Heiko Maas insisted...
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