GLENTIES, Ireland (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Friday said he would need to meet his British counterpart Boris Johnson to understand his “real red lines” on Brexit, and that Ireland had shown in the past that it could be flexible.
Varadkar’s deputy Simon Coveney said on Friday that Johnson’s approach to Brexit was “very unhelpful” and that he appeared set on a collision course with the European Union that would preclude an orderly exit with a transition deal.
“What I would like to do when I get a chance to speak to him is to get a sense from him as to what he is thinking and what his plans are. He has demonstrated a degree of flexibility in the past,” Varadkar told a politics forum.
“Dealing with counterparts, you only really get a sense of where they are going and what their real red lines are if you are in a tete-a-tete, a one-on-one meeting,” he said.
Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Kevin Liffey