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Varadkar warns other countries against doing deals with UK until “they can keep their promises”

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has warned other political leaders against doing any deals with the UK until they are confident that they can keep their promises.

This warning comes after Dominic Cummings indicated that the UK government never planned to stick to the Brexit deal and intended to “ditch” the Northern Ireland protocol.

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A series of tweets posted after the 2019 general election suggested that Cummings planned to get UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “ditch the bits we didn’t like”.

Speaking to RTÉ Morning Ireland in relation to those comments, the Tánaiste stated, “I saw those comments; I hope Dominic Cummings is speaking for himself and not for the British Government.”

He added, “But those comments are very alarming because that would indicate that this is a Government, an administration, that acted in bad faith and that message needs to be heard around the world.”

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Varadkar stated that if the British government doesn’t honour its agreements, then it must apply to everyone else too.

“Surely the message must go out to all countries around the world that this is a British Government that doesn’t necessarily keep its word and doesn’t necessarily honour the agreements it makes.

“And you shouldn’t make any agreements with them until such time that you’re confident that they keep their promises, and honour things, for example, like the protocol.”

IMAGE – “PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020” is licensed under CC BY 2.0/PA Images

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