Ireland could act as bridge between US and EU after Bexit, says Varadkar

Ireland could act as bridge between US and EU after Bexit, says Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Ireland could play an important role as a bridge between the US and Europe post-Brexit.

Mr Varadkar said there was a risk of gaps emerging between the EU and America around issues such as tax and trade.

"There is a risk of widening differences and widening gaps between Europe and America around issues such as tax, issues such as trade, a different approach to climate change, security," he said.

"I actually think that's where Ireland can have a very important role being a bridge between America and Europe, interpreting one to the other."

He added that it was a role that could become very important in the future, particularly as the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

He made the comments after a visit to the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma, to mark the fundraising efforts by the tribe's ancestors to help Ireland's famine victims in the mid-19th Century.

Mr Varadkar is in the US for a week-long trip of St Patrick's Day festivities.

He said he was looking forward to meeting President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Washington DC later this week.

- PA

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