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Ireland: Boris Johnson meets Varadkar in Dublin

Ireland, Dublin
September 09, 2019 at 12:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Boris Johnson held his first meeting with Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Monday since he became the UK Prime Minister. The two government leaders discussed Brexit with Ireland's border remaining a key issue.

"The story of Brexit won't end if the United Kingdom ends the European Union on the 31st October or even the 31st January. There's no such thing as a clean break or just getting it done. Rather we will just move on to a new phase," said Varadkar.

Boris Johnson said: "Can we ensure that we continue to have unchecked movement at the border of goods and people, and indeed cattle, and I think the answer is yes." He also added that the UK 'will never ever constitute checks at the border, and I hope our friends in the EU would say the same.'

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Boris Johnson held his first meeting with Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Monday since he became the UK Prime Minister. The two government leaders discussed Brexit with Ireland's border remaining a key issue.

"The story of Brexit won't end if the United Kingdom ends the European Union on the 31st October or even the 31st January. There's no such thing as a clean break or just getting it done. Rather we will just move on to a new phase," said Varadkar.

Boris Johnson said: "Can we ensure that we continue to have unchecked movement at the border of goods and people, and indeed cattle, and I think the answer is yes." He also added that the UK 'will never ever constitute checks at the border, and I hope our friends in the EU would say the same.'

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