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Irish PM: Cut Britain some slack, but no rolling extension

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Published on March 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:12s

Irish PM: Cut Britain some slack, but no rolling extension

European Union leaders must show flexibility on Britain's Brexit plans given the "chaos" currently reigning in London, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.

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European Union leaders must show flexibility on Britain's Brexit plans given the "chaos" currently reigning in London, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said, adding that Britain would have to give a valid reason for the time extension it was seeking.

As leader of the country that will be most directly affected if Britain leaves as scheduled on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement to regulate things, Varadkar's views carry considerable weight among his EU colleagues.

"The situation in London is somewhat chaotic at the moment," he said ahead of a Brussels summit on Thursday (March 21) that will deal primarily with Britain's departure from the EU.

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