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Varadkar: Stormont has to return as Brexit looms

By Staff Reporter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last night told an audience in Londonderry that the restoration of power sharing at Stormont must be agreed as we approach "a turning point in our island's history".

He warned "later generations will judge us on how we respond".

"While Brexit creates many challenges across the EU, the challenges for the island of Ireland are unique and of a different scale." he told Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President's Dinner. "The Irish Government also wants a transitional arrangement in place. We also hope that the ultimate outcome of the negotiations will be the closest possible trade and customs relationship between the UK and the EU. So, if this is ultimately not attainable, then we will seek a unique solution for Northern Ireland, reflecting its unique history and geography."

He added: "But while I will continue to make the strongest possible case for Northern Ireland, there is no substitute for a Northern Ireland Executive."

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