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Ireland to await developments from UK and EU on possible Brexit delay

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives at the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday he would await further developments from London and Brussels about a possible extension to Brexit after his British counterpart lost a crucial vote in parliament on the timetable for departure.

Varadkar said on Twitter that he welcomed the fact British lawmakers had voted to pass the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill but said he would now wait to see what happens after lawmakers rejected the planned timetable for the bill.

“We will now await further developments from London and Brussels about next steps including timetable for the legislation and the need for an extension,” he said.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Costas Pitas