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Taoiseach and Theresa May Discuss Brexit Over Dinner in Dublin

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Leo Varadkar insists he thinks a deal can be done

The Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister have discussed Brexit over dinner at Farmleigh in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

Leo Varadkar says their meeting was not aimed at negotiating a Brexit deal but insists he thinks a deal can be done.

Theresa May arrived for the talks just after 8pm this evening.

It is believed Mrs May arrived in Dublin with her chief of staff Gavin Barwell and her chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins.

Earlier Mr Varadkar warned that Brexit and the Irish backstop would not be up for debate at the meeting although the negotiations would be 'a topic of conversation'; along with the Good Friday Agreement and the ongoing stalemate at Stormont.

“No it isn’t a day for negotiations because when it comes to Brexit, this is a negotiation which has the UK Government on one side and the EU with Ireland on the other,” he said.

“We are very much part of the 27 and any negotiations can only happen with Ireland working together with the 27 member states".


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