No deal ever more likely: Stubborn Varadkar will not budge on Brexit in Boris meet

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The two leaders are expected to meet to discuss the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard border on Ireland after Brexit, in a bid to avoid no deal. Despite having “a lot to discuss”, Dublin doesn’t believe the meeting will provide any solutions to ensuring Britain leaves the European Union with an agreement. Mr Coveney, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, said discussions will not “solve everything” as he predicts his boss will continue to reject the prospect of the backstop being removed from the withdrawal agreement.

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“I think the Irish position is very clear. I think the British Government understands that,” Mr Coveney said.

“The EU position is also very clear. It is the same as the Irish position.

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“Unfortunately, unless the British Government changes their approach on Brexit we are facing managing a no-deal Brexit, which is going to put huge pressure on everybody.”

Mr Johnson has yet to schedule a formal meeting with Mr Varadkar after promising to meet him to discuss the backstop.

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No deal ever more likely: Stubborn Varadkar will not budge on Brexit in Boris meet

The two leaders are expected to meet to discuss the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard border on Ireland after Brexit, in a bid to avoid no deal. Despite having “a lot to discuss”, Dublin doesn’t believe the meeting will provide any solutions to ensuring Britain leaves the European Union with an agreement.

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