Ireland's Varadkar confident of Brexit solidarity from next Commission chief

Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives to take part in a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2019. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said he was confident the nominee to lead the European Commission, Germany’s Ursula von den Leyen, would show the same solidarity with Ireland over Brexit as its outgoing president, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Varadkar also welcomed the naming of Belgium’s Charles Michel as the next head of the European Council, the European Union’s intergovernmental body, saying “he understands Brexit”.

Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Gareth Jones