Irish Government not complacent over no-deal Brexit, says Varadkar

By Cate McCurry, Press Association

Ireland’s premier has denied being “complacent” over the UK crashing out of the European Union.

Leo Varadkar said the Irish Government has put in “enormous preparations” for a no-deal Brexit.

Following reports that the Taoiseach said he “expects” the UK to leave the EU by the end of March with an agreement, Mr Varadkar said on Thursday that no one can be “absolutely sure” a Brexit deal will be agreed.

Speaking at the official sod-turning ceremony for a new second runway at Dublin Airport, he said: “As we are not certain, we have put enormous preparations into making sure that Ireland is as ready as we can be for a no deal, so this is not complacency, but it is competence.

“Ireland certainly wants an orderly Brexit, rather than an disorderly one. The UK does too, so does the EU.

“When everybody wants that to happen we will work extremely hard to achieve that, but don’t think for a second that is complacency at all. We are making all the preparations for a no deal.

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“We will have the legislation at Cabinet on Tuesday, publish it next week, making the adjustments we have to make here at Dublin Airport, Dublin Port and Rosslare.

“Lots of other things are happening to prepare the country for no deal.”