Barnier spells out harsh realities of no-deal Brexit in Dublin

Inside Politics: EU’s chief negotiator sought reassurances Ireland would protect the single market

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (R) and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier at a press conference  following talks in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (R) and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier at a press conference following talks in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

‘Dangerous’ is not a word usually associated with negotiations between political players unless violence is looming over the horizon.

But the use of the word by the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, in private discussions with the Government yesterday underlines the critical phase the Brexit negotiations have now entered.

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