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New PM will get 'fair hearing' from EU - Varadkar

Leo Varadkar has said whoever becomes the next prime minister will get "a fair hearing from the European Union".

But the taoiseach said there will be no changes to the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Speaking in Brussels ahead of a meeting of European leaders to decide who should run Europe's main institutions, Mr Varadkar said it was important that "everyone in the UK understands that we mean what we say".

He added: "The withdrawal agreement and the backstop can’t be reopened, but we will be open to changes to the political declaration.”

Leo Varadkar
The Irish prime minister reiterated the EU position that the withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened