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Taoiseach ‘very satisfied’ with EU position on backstop

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he was “very satisfied” with the EU’s position on the Irish backstop at last night’s summit meeting.

He said the European Union stands by the Withdrawal Agreement that was negotiated.

EU leaders rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for legally binding assurances on the Irish backstop and ruled out any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement.

Speaking to reporters on day two of the summit in Brussels, Mr Varadkar said: “We don’t believe it’s up for renegotiation, we’re very keen to begin, as soon as it’s ratified, talks on the future relationship, because we want to have a close relationship with the United Kingdom.