3 article 3 A senior official of the European Parliament said it would be difficult for Mr Varadkar to negotiate a transition deal with the Irish government unless the Government “had a clear position on the Irish border”.
Mr Varandar was speaking after the Irish Government said it had “no intention” of signing any agreement with the EU that does not include a reciprocal deal for Irish citizens.
The Taoiseach said that if he was elected, he would “respect the sovereignty of the Irish people” and seek a “positive” relationship with the European Union.
The Government has said it will “respect” the sovereignty and independence of the Government of Ireland but that it does not want to take a “negative” approach to the Irish Republic.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, said on Friday that Ireland would remain a member of the EU and “will not change our position” on Ireland’s border with Northern Ireland.
He said it was “absolutely vital” that the border with the Republic of Ireland is maintained.
“We will remain a fully functional member of Europe and will continue to have an open and friendly relationship with our European neighbours,” Mr CovenEY said.
“Our position has been clear, we have no intention of changing our position.”
However, he added that there were “many questions” that had to be answered and that there would be “consequences” for any “spiteful actions” by Mr Varradar.
A spokesman for the European Commission said that it would “do all it can to assist” in a transition.
The Commission said the Irish position on border control and border policing was “very clear”, adding that it had been “very helpful in getting the agreement” on this.
But the Commission said it “would not be a party to any discussions on the issue” and it was not clear if there was a transition agreement that could be signed by both sides.
“The Commission would like to see an agreement signed that does nothing to change our existing position,” a spokesman said.
He added that a transition arrangement with the Government would be a “very positive outcome”.
‘Dangerous precedent’ If the Irish President signs a deal with Mr Varada’s government, the European Court of Justice will be able to enforce the European court of justice’s jurisdiction over border issues.
The EU’s top court has jurisdiction over matters of border control in Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK and the Republic.
In March, Mr Varady was forced to reverse his position and sign an agreement with Northern Irish leaders to hold talks on border issues in Northern England.
In response to Mr Varadan’s decision to sign the agreement, the DUP said it has “no objection” to “sending a clear message to the Government and the Irish electorate”.
Mr CovelEY said that “this is not the way forward for Northern Ireland”.
“The DUP is the only party in Northern Europe that is in favour of maintaining the border between the Republic and the rest of the United Kingdom,” he said.
Mr CovellEY said there are “no doubt” there are political tensions between the two countries and the Government must “recognise the legitimate rights of both sides”.
He added: “This is a dangerous precedent and will only increase in the future and will result in the loss of millions of jobs and billions of pounds in public finances.”
The Taoisedach said there was “no question” that Northern Ireland had “the right to maintain its own border”, but he said it could not be an “absolute” right.
He warned that a new border with Ireland would be made by either “the Republic of Spain” or “the Kingdom of Ireland”.