Leaders Council: Varadkar issues warning ahead of Johnson speech
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that the outcome of general elections in the Republic of Ireland could have a knock-on effect on future UK-EU trade deal negotiations, the Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland reports.
A general election will take place in the Republic of Ireland on February 8, with recent polls indicating that the major parties are “neck and neck”.
Varadkar stressed that the Republic of Ireland needs a stable government after the weekend’s elections, adding that it is “essential” to the Republic of Ireland and the UK’s future.
Varadkar added: “I know that’s something the Irish people will reflect on when they to the polls at the weekend.”
He also confirmed that his Fine Gael party would not look to enter into a coalition with Sinn Féin should they fail to win a majority.
Varadkar's warning came ahead of prime minister Boris Johnson's speech in Greenwich on Monday, where he outlined the UK's vision for a future trade deal with the EU.