Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has made clear that it would be “a terrible political miscalculation” on behalf of the UK political establishment to assume that the UK would be offered a new Withdrawal Agreement because Theresa May failed to pass it through the House of Commons.
During question time in the Irish parliament, Varadkar noted Dublin’s concern over political developments in the UK and said that May was “not a bad negotiator”.
Varadkar criticised the UK for assuming that Ireland would simply leave the EU, or that EU unity would break.
“We really hope that they are not making a further miscalculation which is to think that the House of Commons, having failed to ratify the deal. would somehow get a better agreement. That is really a misunderstanding of how the European Union works,” Varadkar said.
Varadkar’s views were echoed by Germany’s Europe minister, Michael Roth, who said that he sees no “willingness to restart negotiations from the beginning” and urged the candidates vying to succeed May to take the line against negotiations into consideration as they campaign.
The UK was originally meant to leave the European Union on 29 March, but that was later pushed back to 31 October.