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Irish PM: Britain can't backslide on Brexit border pledge - Politico
Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Varadkar said he will ensure that "what has been promised in theory is delivered in practice."

"The breakthrough achieved before Christmas means that the United Kingdom has guaranteed that, whatever its future relationship with the European Union, a hard border on the island of Ireland will be avoided," he said.

"The Common Travel Area and its associated rights will be maintained," he said, referring to the free-movement zone covering the U.K. and Ireland.

"There can be no backsliding," Varadkar said.

DUP lawmaker slams `nutcase' Irish prime minister - Politico
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was accused on Wednesday of being naive, inexperienced and arrogant for siding with European Union negotiators in Brexit talks.

Sammy Wilson, Brexit spokesman for the Democratic Unionist Party's 10 MPs in Westminster, branded the prime minister a "nutcase" and claimed there had been a change of tone from Dublin since Varadkar took office last June.

Wilson said the U.K. government needed to find a way of either "cajoling or enticing" the Irish government into taking the "natural position" to "cut [the U.K.] some slack," warning that siding with "hard-line EU negotiators" could destroy the Irish economy.

I regret calling Varadkar a `nutcase', says Sammy Wilson - Belfast Telegraph
A Democratic Unionist MP has rolled back on controversial comments in which he branded the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar a "nutcase".

East Antrim representative Sammy Wilson has expressed regret for his choice of language when referencing the Irish premier's stance on Brexit.

He said: "Leo Varadkar's approach may make him popular in Brussels but it will eventually destroy Ireland.

"Upon reflection, I should have said Leo Varadkar's EU policies defy logic rather than the language I used. I regret my choice of language."

If I call Mr Wilson "naive, inexperienced and arrogant" (and a nutcase) for forgetting that Ireland is remaining in the EU, which might possibly explain why it is "siding with European Union negotiators" rather than siding with the UK, will I have to express regrets the day after?
by Bernard on Thu Jan 18th, 2018 at 07:36:00 PM EST
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yes, you will probably have to explain again to Mr Wilson. He's not the sharpest tool in DUP's drawer.

Besides, Arlene is pursuing conciliatory "North-South" arrangements with FG. This week, at any rate.

Government welcomes Arlene Foster's support for closer links, Killarney Economic Conference

Ms Foster said it was not in Northern Ireland's interest if the Republic did not prosper and emphasised cross-Border social and economic links.
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney tweeted that all political leaders on the island needed to work together on Brexit "to protect communities North and South".

Sammy Wilson, one of the DUP's 10 MPs, said ... wtf? 30 Nov

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 19th, 2018 at 01:49:36 AM EST
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