People should fear impact of no-deal Brexit, warns adviser

Ireland won’t accept checks on Irish goods at EU ports – FM

"The European Union can not forever be hostage to the resolution of a political crisis in the United Kingdom", he said.

Mr Varadkar said that a no-deal scenario "puts us in a hard situation" as "we have to reconcile the Good Friday Agreement and obligations to protect the single market".

Macron and Varadkar met during the Irish prime minister's visit to Paris.

"I'd like to say here that we will never abandon Ireland or the Irish whatever happens because that solidarity is the whole meaning of the European project", he added.

"That is something that we do not have an agreed plan on but we are working this week and presumably next week on, if we need to, in the context of a no-deal Brexit", Coveney said, referring to meetings with the EU Commission he said had begun last week.

Mr Varadkar said that any request from the United Kingdom for an extension to the Brexit process would have to have a goal and one would have conditions attached.

Mr Varadkar said he would also discuss the Republic of Ireland's no-deal plans with Mr Macron.

Their meeting came after MPs twice rejected Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal deal, with the government now ramping up plans for a no-deal scenario.

European Union sources told Reuters in February that Dublin would soon have to come up with a plan to ensure the integrity of the single market or face checks on its own goods coming into the rest of the bloc, if they are also allowed to move freely to and from a country that is no longer a member.

Mr Vardakar will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin on Thursday.

"We've set out clearly to Mr Barnier and others that any hardening of that border would represent a step backwards for Ireland".

Mr Calleary said the series of deadlocked votes in the Westminster parliament, and comments by European Union chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, strongly signalled that no-deal scenario was increasingly likely. The bulk of Irish exports to the continental European Union are shipped via the UK. "We need to be open to any proposals that she may bring forward to us", adding that as things stood Britain was heading towards a no-deal exit.

The DUP and some Brexiteer MPs oppose it because if it took effect, it would keep Northern Ireland only tied to some EU regulatory rules, and would keep the whole of the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU.

He said his government was now in negotiations with the European Commission as to how to achieve both of these objectives.

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