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Brexit: Leo Varadkar warns of Brexit deal ‘miscalculation’

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It is a “terrible political miscalculation” for UK politicians to believe they can get a better Brexit deal, the Irish PM has said.

The Brexit deadline was pushed back to October after MPs rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement three times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was also critical of how the British government has approached the Brexit negotiations.

He said that many thought Ireland would “fall into line” and leave the EU too.

“We didn’t and we are not,” said Mr Varadkar, speaking in the Dáil (Irish parliament) on Tuesday.

“And some thought that when push came to shove that Ireland would be abandoned, that EU unity would break, and they were wrong about that.”

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Image caption Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement has been rejected by Parliament three times

Mr Varadkar added that Mrs May was “not a bad negotiator”.

He said it took two years to negotiate the Withdrawal Agreement and while not perfect, it was a “finely balanced compromise”.

“I am a little bit concerned that some people in London seem to think that because the House of Commons failed to ratify that agreement that automatically means they are going to get a better one,” he added.

“That is a terrible political miscalculation. I hope that is not the one that is being made across the water.”

Brexit is one of the biggest issues facing the 10 candidates in the race to be the new Conservative Party leader – and the next prime minister.

Mrs May officially stood down as leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June, but will remain the prime minister until her successor is chosen.

Her time as leader was dominated by Brexit, with her party divided over the issue, and the failure to get her deal through Parliament.

The UK was originally meant to leave the European Union on 29 March but that was then pushed back to 12 April and eventually 31 October.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48602072

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