Irish leader warns UK against no-deal Brexit

And because the Irish border issue will still be “unresolved,” he said “it’ll be very difficult for them (the British) to conclude any trade deals.”

24 January 2019 | 16:06

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 24 January 2019 | 16:06

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar attends a session of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

DAVOS, Switzerland: Britain will face “enormous difficulties” if it crashes out of the European Union without a deal that could leave it unable to strike trade deals with other countries around the world, Irish Premier Leo Varadkar said.

Speaking on the sidelines at the World Economic Forum, Varadkar said Britain would not only be outside Europe’s single market in a “no deal” scenario, it would also no longer be part of the EU’s trade deals with the likes of Japan, Canada and South Korea.

And because the Irish border issue will still be “unresolved,” he said “it’ll be very difficult for them (the British) to conclude any trade deals.”

One of the arguments made by those wanting a “no deal” Brexit is that it would allow Britain to strike trade deals around the world immediately.

As a result, Varadkar urged British lawmakers to ratify the Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU as it’s a “solution on the table.”

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