Brexit: Varadkar and Johnson plan talks amid growing rancour

Language ‘from some quarters’ toxic, says Taoiseach, as Downing Street spins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘I don’t play dirty, and I don’t think most EU leaders do either.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘I don’t play dirty, and I don’t think most EU leaders do either.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson will meet later this week in a last-ditch effort to save talks on a new Brexit deal that were on the verge of collapse on Tuesday.

The Taoiseach and the UK prime minister spoke by phone for 45 minutes on Tuesday evening in what both sides described as a constructive exchange.

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