Let's be open to credible Brexit proposals from Britain: Ireland's Varadkar

The Taoiseach will welcome the Chancellor to Farmleigh House in Dublin this afternoon and, according to the government, the two leaders will reflect on the latest Brexit developments and look ahead to next week's crucial summit of European Union leaders.

It comes as efforts intensify to find a way through the Brexit impasse.

She stressed that ultimately "the solution has to be found by Great Britain itself" and expressed hope that Prime Minister Theresa May "will be successful".

Main image: Leo Varadkar and Emmanuel Macron in Paris today.

Ahead of Ms Merkel's visit, an Irish government spokesman said the Chancellor had been a "strong and unwavering ally of Ireland" as the country responded to the challenges brought about by Brexit.

Barely a third of the public in Great Britain hope Northern Ireland would vote to remain in the United Kingdom, while one in six people said they would prefer it left and joined the Republic of Ireland following any future referendum on removing the Irish border.

"These are people for whom the border is a very real issue - people from communities along the border, from business, and with direct personal experience of conflict before the Good Friday Agreement".

Mr Varadkar said it was "important" to hear the voices of people who lived and worked along the Irish border.

Speaking in the Irish parliament on Wednesday, the Taoiseach said he hoped Mr Corbyn would show leadership and come up with a compromise plan with Mrs May.

On Wednesday, the European Union said the date was "the ultimate deadline" for approving the withdrawal agreement.

"The UK should now indicate the way forward or indicate a plan", Barnier said.

Leo Varadkar is in Paris today for talks with Emmanuel Macron, who today said the European Union will never abandon Ireland. "What we are doing is working out a plan with the EU Commission".

That becomes an even more hard task if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal as Dublin has pledged to maintain the integrity of the European Union's single market, where goods move freely around the bloc without the need for checks.

  • Tracy Klein