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Varadkar confers with Merkel in Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin today. photo.


By Irish Echo Staff

The Brexit meetings are now almost daily.

No less so than for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Yesterday it was Paris and a sit down with President Emmanuel Macron.

Today it was Dublin and a conferring with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

There is just over a week to go before the United Kingdom potentially crashes of out of the European Union, an unwilling Northern Ireland and Scotland in tow and part of what is widely viewed as a rolling debacle.

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Merkel, however, still harbors hope that there will be a deal between Brussels and London.

"Where there's a will, there's a way,” she told reporters after her talks with the taoiseach.

Chancellor Merkel, asked if she could rule out a hard border in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit, responded: "We will simply have to be able to do this. We're working on this.”

That response could have come just about any time in the last couple of years.

Time for working on the nature of Brexit, is, however, running down.

Mr. Varadkar, according to a report in the Irish Independent, said he hoped to protect the Good Friday Agreement as well as upholding the integrity of the EU Single Market.

Hope has never been absent from the tortured Brexit process. But again, time….

Varadkar and Merkel met in Farmleigh House, Dublin and spoke to reporters afterwards in a duly gloomy rain.

Earlier, according to the Independent report, Merkel met with fifteen people from the border counties, north and south, and including members of the unionist and nationalist communities.

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