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Boris Johnson meets Varadkar as suspension of parliament is ruled unlawful
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he would "absolutely not" join calls on Mr Johnson to resign. "Whoever is prime minister of the United Kingdom is somebody we're going to work with. It's not for us to decide who the prime minister of the UK is," he said.

Mr Varadkar, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly meeting, said he still intended to meet Mr Johnson there today as planned.

As the two began their meeting, Mr Varadkar said he was keen for the UK to leave the EU in an orderly fashion, while Mr Johnson said: "We remain cautiously optimistic, but still cautious" about reaching a Brexit deal.

Afterwards, Mr Varadkar said the two "got into some more details" in the meeting but stressed: "No agreements by any means."

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 06:34:24 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 06:49:35 PM EST
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I saw a video of Boris sitting - a bit uneasy - next to der Trumpf. The latter heralding the bonus of the British leader of the Conservatives ... "He's not going anywhere."

Well, that's certainly true of his Brexit ideology and strategy in British parliament.

I watched closely his eyes ... clearly a gloomy look. This was not the Boris of bluster and blatter. Reminded me of sad puppy eyes with hanging ears.

Just breaking ... Boris Johnson has spoken by phone to the Queen.

by Oui on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 07:26:07 PM EST
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It may appear sensible to decide to work with whoever another country appoints, and not try to appoint one for them.

However, by not acknowledging Corbyn as interim PM  in order for him to call for free, fair and democratic parliamentary elections (which probably would rule out FPTP), the Irish government missed a chance to show that in foreign policy there is no double standard going on.

by fjallstrom on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 10:03:56 PM EST
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It is rarely helpful for one government to be seen to interfere in the internal affairs of another. I can think of nothing more likely to inflame and consolidate nationalist sentiment in England than an Irish PM telling the British what to do. They are annoyed enough that Varadker isn't doing what they are telling him to do.

As for recognising Juan Guaido as President of Venezuela, I agree, we shouldn't have done it. That said, I doubt Ireland recognising him helped him unduly and was probably only done to maintain some EU solidarity  and perhaps some US Pressure. Not very edifying I agree, although I suppose you could make the argument that Venezuelan democracy is even more degraded than the UK's.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 25th, 2019 at 09:57:38 AM EST
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