Irish PM concerned Britain set for ‘terrible’ Brexit miscalculation

FILE PHOTO: Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives ahead of a European Union leaders summit after European Parliament elections to discuss who should run the EU executive for the next five years, in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2019. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s prime minister warned British lawmakers on Tuesday against making “a terrible political miscalculation” of thinking their rejection of the Brexit divorce deal negotiated with the European Union means they will get a better one.

Several candidates vying to replace Prime Minister Theresa May have pledged to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement May’s government struck with the EU, only for it to suffer three crushing defeats in parliament.

How to manage the land border between EU-member Ireland and British-run Northern Ireland – including an emergency “backstop” solution to prevent the return of extensive controls – has proven the most contentious element of the divorce deal.

“Like everyone in this House, I am a little concerned about political developments in London at present,” Leo Varadkar told Ireland’s parliament as a number of candidates launched their Conservative Party


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