The time for Irish grandstanding on Brexit is over

Varadkar will face strong pressure if he has to compromise on border backstop

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels last month. Photograph: Yves Herman/AP

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels last month. Photograph: Yves Herman/AP

The departure of Boris Johnson and David Davis from the British cabinet is good news for Ireland but it poses a new set of challenges for the Government in Dublin. The task now is to find a more conciliatory approach towards British concerns to ensure the softest possible Brexit.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney have gained lots of brownie points with the public over the past year by taking a tough line with the United Kingdom, particularly over the border backstop, but the time for grandstanding is over.

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