March 4, 2019 / 3:16 PM / 3 months ago

Irish PM says willing to help UK get Brexit deal approved

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar speaks at a European Financial Forum event in Dublin, Ireland February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is willing to offer further assurances to the United Kingdom to help it secure parliamentary approval for Brexit withdrawal agreement, but it will not compromise on its position on the Irish border, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday.

“We are happy to offer further clarifications and further assurances if that can help the UK government to get the agreement over the line,” Varadkar told journalists in Dublin.

“But from Day 1 we have been very straight about a few things, among those has been that Brexit cannot mean under any circumstances the emergence of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Peter Graff

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