Irish PM says Brexit extension would be better than no deal

Irish PM says Brexit extension would be better than no deal

The Irish prime minister said on Friday that Ireland would consider an extension to the Brexit deadline if Boris Johnson were to submit one. Speaking in Denmark, Leo Varadkar said: ‘What’s been put on the table by Mr Johnson is not supported by business or civil society in Northern Ireland; it’s only supported by one political party, so there’s a long way to go.’ The UK had proposed that Northern Ireland leave the EU’s customs territory with the rest of the UK on 31 October, but remain in the single market for goods. The Northern Irish assembly, however, would retain a veto on the arrangements at the end of the standstill transition period in December 2020 and then every four years