Harney impressed by Varadkar and Martin’s handling of Brexit


Harney impressed by Varadkar and Martin’s handling of Brexit

Former Tánaiste Mary Harney
Former Tánaiste Mary Harney

Former tánaiste Mary Harney has paid tribute to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin for their approach to Brexit, while hitting out at British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The former leader of the Progressive Democrats said the Government had handled Brexit “extremely well”.

“They’ve been very determined, very resilient. And I’m impressed with the manner in which it’s been handled, not just the Taoiseach and his colleagues but also the decision of Micheál Martin not to cause an election and to continue with the supply and confidence agreement because of Brexit,” she said.

Speaking at an event organised by Limerick Chamber Ms Harney, who is a confidante and adviser to Mr Varadkar, contrasted the Irish political landscape with the division that has unfolded in Westminster since Brexit was triggered.

“It’s very different to what’s happening across the water where it seems to be a question of party management and that the Conservative Party is more important than the country.

“I certainly hope that over the next few weeks we will see the UK moving to a position where they will make it clear they’re going to be part of a customs union-plus and then that will obviously have implications for the backstop,” she said.

She also hit out at Mrs May for appearing to put the management of her party above the needs of the UK but also said the Tory leader had to be admired for her hard work.

“She’s left it very late in the day to start engaging politically with people across the Commons. I think that’s a pity but one would have to admire her resilience, her determination, her hard work,” she said.


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Irish Independent


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