Irish leader Leo Varadkar issues Brexit warning to Boris Johnson

The EU would need a “good reason” to grant another Brexit delay, the Irish Prime Minister said on Monday, adding that most EU countries would “prefer not to have an extension.”

“We will just move on to a new phase if there is no deal — it will cause severe disruption for British and Irish people alike, not so much on the continent,” Leo Varadkar said.

“Whatever happens, we will have to get back to the negotiating table quite quickly. And when we do, the first items on the agenda will be citizen’s rights, financial settlements and the Irish border.”

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaking with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier in a a joint press conference.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaking with Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier in a a joint press conference. LORRAINE O’SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images