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Ireland Says Would Consider it if Britain Requested Brexit Delay


7Dnews London

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:16 GMT

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that his country would favour reaching a deal on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, but would consider probable request by the UK to delay the Brexit in case no deal was reached.

"My preference is that we come to an agreement and that we have a deal by the middle of October," Varadkar said, during a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen.

"But if the UK government were to request an extension, of course we would consider it. But I think most EU countries would really only consider it for a good reason, and that reason would have to be put forward. But certainly an extension would be better than 'no deal'," he said.

British government papers submitted to a Scottish court revealed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's intentions to officially call for delaying Britain's withdrawal from the European Union unless a deal is reached by October 19, BBC reported.

Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney spoke on Friday October 4th in a sharper tone, saying that no Brexit deal will be agreed on unless Johnson introduces a new position.