Taoiseach Meets NI Parties & UK PM Over Brexit

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has embarked on a day of Brexit talks, as he meets with each of the five main political parties in Northern Ireland as well as the UK Prime Minister in Dublin.

The Fine Gael leader is keen to discuss the two-year political impasse that has kept Stormont in deadlock with the DUP, Sinn Fein, SDLP, Ulster Unionists and Alliance.

He is also hoping to hear the party's concerns over Brexit, following his delegation to Brussels earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Mr Varadkar is also expected to return to Dublin this evening, 08 February, to meet Prime Minister Theresa May, whose government is currently negotiating the Brexit deal.

Mrs May has warned that she needs legally-binding amendments to the Irish backstop if an agreement is to gain support in Parliament, while Ireland and the EU have repeatedly restated their hard-line opinion that the deal is not renegotiable.


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