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Germany: Option 'to avoid no deal is always there in London' - Irish Taoiseach Varadkar 03:22

Germany: Option 'to avoid no deal is always there in London' - Irish Taoiseach Varadkar

Germany, Seeon Abbey
January 4, 2019 at 20:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke to reporters about Brexit and claimed that the option "to avoid no deal is always there in London," while attending a closed door conference of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party in Seeon Abbey in Bavaria, Friday.

"We shouldn't forget that Ireland isn't threatening no deal, Europe isn't threatening no deal, Germany isn't threatening no deal. It's always in the power of the United Kingdom to ensure that there is a deal either by ratifying the agreement which we've reached, at government level, or alternatively seeking an extension of Article 50," Varadkar said.

The Irish leader also spoke of Ireland and Germany’s "regret" over the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and said "we also want to make sure that whatever happens after Brexit, that we can build a very strong economic and security partnership with the United Kingdom."

"But in many ways, that’s in their hands," he added.

The latest iteration of the traditional winter retreat of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is scheduled to run until Saturday and the newly elected CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is expected to attend.

Germany: Option 'to avoid no deal is always there in London' - Irish Taoiseach Varadkar 03:22
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Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke to reporters about Brexit and claimed that the option "to avoid no deal is always there in London," while attending a closed door conference of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party in Seeon Abbey in Bavaria, Friday.

"We shouldn't forget that Ireland isn't threatening no deal, Europe isn't threatening no deal, Germany isn't threatening no deal. It's always in the power of the United Kingdom to ensure that there is a deal either by ratifying the agreement which we've reached, at government level, or alternatively seeking an extension of Article 50," Varadkar said.

The Irish leader also spoke of Ireland and Germany’s "regret" over the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and said "we also want to make sure that whatever happens after Brexit, that we can build a very strong economic and security partnership with the United Kingdom."

"But in many ways, that’s in their hands," he added.

The latest iteration of the traditional winter retreat of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is scheduled to run until Saturday and the newly elected CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is expected to attend.