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Press Release

Taoiseach meets with Leader of the British Labour Party at Government Buildings

Published: 30 May 2019
From: Department of the Taoiseach

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar had a good meeting with the Leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP at Government Buildings this morning.

The Taoiseach and Mr Corbyn held detailed discussions for an hour and a half on Northern Ireland, Brexit, and the current political situation in Westminster.

Discussions focused principally on the need to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland and the importance of ongoing engagement with all political parties in the North. These talks continue this week in Belfast involving the Tanaiste and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

They also considered Brexit, with both sides sharing serious concerns about a no deal scenario and its inherent dangers, including the possibility that the UK may end up in a no deal situation by default unless alternatives are pursued.

The Taoiseach and Mr Corbyn also discussed the importance of avoiding any return of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

They pledged to stay in touch with regard to both Northern Ireland and Brexit.