Johnson tells Varadkar no-deal Brexit ‘would be a failure’

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A no-deal Brexit would be a failure that both the British and Irish governments would be responsible for, Boris Johnson has said. The prime minister is in Dublin for his first face-to-face meeting with Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar since he entered Downing Street in July.

He said he believed a deal was still possible by the EU summit in October. However Mr Varadkar said there was no such thing as a clean break between the UK and the EU. Mr Johnson has ruled out asking the EU to delay the Brexit deadline of 31 October – but the Irish government said it would support another extension.

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Varadkar said he would be asking Boris Johnson how he plans to get a Brexit deal through Parliament when he does not have a majority in the House of Commons.

But Mr Johnson told reporters in Dublin that he was “absolutely undaunted” about what might happen in Parliament in the coming days.

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