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Irish PM: Brexit is huge challenge, needs unique solutions

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar waves as he arrives at the university in Belfast to make a speech on his first visit to Northern Ireland, Friday Aug...
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, centre, acknowledges the applause of the audience after making a speech at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern ...

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar waves as he arrives at the university in Belfast to make a speech on his first visit to Northern Ireland, Friday Aug...

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, centre, acknowledges the applause of the audience after making a speech at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern ...

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's prime minister says Brexit is the challenge of a generation, and "unique solutions" will be needed to prevent it doing major damage.

Leo Varadkar said Friday that a so-called "hard Brexit," in which Britain leaves the EU single market, would mean "barriers to commerce and trade" between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, part of the U.K.

Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019. EU officials say progress must be made on resolving issues around the Irish border, the size of Britain's exit bill and the status of EU nationals in the U.K. before Britain and the bloc can start hammering out their future economic relationship.

Varadkar says he hopes EU leaders will see enough progress by a summit in October, but time is running out.


Updated : 2021-04-23 22:28 GMT+08:00