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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Department of An Taoiseach

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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13. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent conversation with the British Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May. [5487/19]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I met with the Prime Minister when she visited Dublin on 8 February and we briefed each other on our respective engagements in Belfast and Brussels that week.

We discussed developments in Northern Ireland and our shared interest in seeing the devolved institutions restored as soon as possible. On Brexit, I re-stated the EU position that the backstop is an integral part of the Withdrawal Agreement, which was negotiated in good faith over many months, and was approved by the 28 EU leaders in November - and that it cannot now be re-negotiated.

No other solution has been found that ensures the absence of a hard border in all circumstances.

I reiterated our wish to see the Withdrawal Agreement ratified, so that negotiations on a close, comprehensive and ambitious future relationship between the EU and the UK can start as soon as possible.


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