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Leo Varadkar: UK government confident MPs would back Brexit deal

Leo Varadkar suggested the Commons could hold a non-binding indicative vote on the deal in the first instance over the weekend | Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

Leo Varadkar: UK government confident MPs would back Brexit deal

Irish prime minister says a deal is closer but there are ‘a few hurdles’ still to clear.

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10/15/19, 6:35 PM CET

Updated 10/15/19, 7:00 PM CET

LONDON — Boris Johnson is confident he will be able to get a Brexit deal through the House of Commons, Leo Varadkar said Tuesday.

“The prime minister said to me that if we could come to an agreement between the EU and the U.K., that he was confident that he would be able to get it through the House of Commons,” Varadkar told a press conference in Dublin.

Varadkar suggested the Commons could hold a non-binding indicative vote on the deal in the first instance over the weekend.

“We’re just going to have to see how the next few days develop. If we can get to an agreement on Thursday or Friday, and if the House of Commons is about to vote in an indicative vote in favor of that agreement on Saturday, it may not be necessary to even consider an extension, but it’s too early to make that assessment at this stage,” he said.

However, the Irish prime minister added that “there’s a few hurdles to go over before we hit that point yet.”

The British prime minister has a working majority of minus 45 in the Commons and would therefore require dozens of opposition MPs — as well as all his Conservatives — to vote for his deal in order for it to pass.

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