Inside Politics Podcast: All sides stumped by the Brexit riddle

Irish government fast approaching a critical point in how it handles Brexit question

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael National Conference in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael National Conference in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

 

As the deadline for completing the first stage of Brexit negotiations draws near, and with the British political establishment in the midst of a nervous breakdown, our own Government is fast approaching a critical point in how it handles this most intractable of situations.

Divergent national interests - on trade, on EU relations, on the border question - mean it is far from simple for us to stake out a coherent position.

So what is our bottom line? Pat Leahy and Cliff Taylor join Hugh Linehan to see if they can imagine what solutions, or even the process of finding solutions, might look like.

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