British government's Brexit white paper won't change Ireland's three objectives, says Taoiseach

The British government's white paper on Brexit won't change Ireland's priorities, according to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will fully explain her new Brexit plans in Westminster later.

They have faced heavy opposition even within her own party, triggering the resignations of senior Cabinet ministers David Davis and Boris Johnson.

The Taoiseach says he looks forward to seeing the plans and how they will affect Irish policy.

Mr Varadkar said: "The one thing that won't change is our three objectives when it comes to the Brexit talks.

"First of all, protecting the Common Travel Area, so people can continue to travel freely between Britain and Ireland - live, work, study, access housing, healthcare and education in each other's countries as if we were citizens of both.

"Secondly, making sure that there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and third, trying to minimise any negative impact on trade between Britain and Ireland."

- Digital Desk


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