Varadkar made the comment in a statement
issued after a phone talkwith his British counterpart Boris Johnson, which took place on
In the statement, Varadkar indicated that he would study the
proposals in further detail and would consult with the European Union (EU)
institutions, including the EU Brexit task force and Ireland's EU partners.
Varadkar expects to speak with European Council President Donald
Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and with other EU
heads of government over the coming days, said the statement.
Varadkar will also have bilateral meetings with Swedish and
Danish prime ministers Thursday and Friday (October 3-4) in their capitals.
Varadkar said in the statement he wants to see a deal agreed and
ratified and will continue to work in unity with EU partners to this end. Varadkar and Johnson also agreed in the phone talk that they
would speak again next week, said the statement.
Earlier on Wednesday, Johnson submitted a new Brexit proposal to
the EU to replace the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement previously agreed by
the former British prime minister Theresa May. The backstop refers to a set of arrangements ensuring that no
physical infrastructure such as customs checks and border posts will appear on
the border between Ireland
and Britain's Northern Ireland after Britain's exit
from the EU.
The EU side insists that the backstop remain in place until a
better solution is found while the British side is strongly against it out of a
variety of concerns.