The Taoiseach is attending the European Council Summit this morning as negotiations on Brexit move into the next phase.
It’s after substantive progress was made in the first phase of talks, notably the commitment that there’d be no hard border in Ireland post-Brexit. Leo Varadkar will thank EU leaders for their support in phase 1 of Brexit talks which culminated in an agreement last week that there would be no hard border on the island of Ireland.
Now MEPs have voted to move into phase two of talks, and say there is no going back on the deal, despite some since-clarified comments by Britain’s Brexit secretary.
The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt says David Davis confirmed that there was no intention to backtrack on their commitments, and he had this suggestion.
It’s expected that EU leaders will agree tomorrow that phase two of talks should begin quickly – wherein the UK’s trading relationship with the EU will be discussed, along with the transition period for leaving the union.