Time for Dublin to consider a tactical retreat on Brexit

Varadkar and Coveney have sought credit for success but they are equally exposed to failure

UK prime minister Theresa May says that she was speaking to lawmakers about giving parliament a bigger role in whether the Northern Irish backstop arrangement would be triggered. Video: Reuters

On Tuesday afternoon, as the British government staggered towards another Brexit humiliation, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar urged Fianna Fáil and Irish Labour to press their Westminster sister parties, the Liberal Democrats and British Labour, to support the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement.

Speaking in the Dáil, Varadkar said rejection of the agreement would lead to a no-deal Brexit that “nobody would benefit from”.

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