In call with PM May, Ireland's Varadkar says open to Brexit delay

European Union Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier attends a news conference after his meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar to discuss the latest Brexit developments, at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar spoke to Britain’s Theresa May on Monday about her plan to seek a further extension to the Article 50 Brexit negotiating period, the Irish government said in a statement.

EU leaders will meet on Wednesday to discuss Britain’s request.

The Irish government said that in the call with May, Varadkar had “repeated his openness to an extension of the deadline”.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin, Writing by Kylie MacLellan in London; editing by William James