Ireland’s prime minister tells Theresa May to strike Norway-style Brexit deal with the EU

Peace and Freedom

Leo Varadkar has suggested Britain could rejoin the European Free Trade Association

By Jon Stone Europe Correspondent

The Independent

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Leo Varadkar

Ireland’s prime minister tells Theresa May to strike Norway-style Brexit deal with the EU

Ireland’s prime minister has suggested that Britain could strike a Norway-style deal with the EU – forging a bespoke customs union with Europe and joining the European Free Trade Association (Efta).

In his first visit as Taoiseach to Belfast, Leo Varadkar hit out at the advocates of a hard Brexit and said their plans for border controls would throw up a trade border “across Ireland”.

He also said promoters of such a way forward had failed to come up with detailed proposals in the 14 months since the EU referendum last year – and that he believed they would never be able to do so.

The Efta includes Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein – and previously…

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