Ireland's Varadkar says reassured by UK PM May over DUP deal

Mrs May said: "I am personally committed to ensuring a practical solution that recognises the unique economic, social, cultural and political context of the land border with Ireland, which so many people pass through every day, and it remains our priority to work closely with the Irish Government to ensure as frictionless and seamless a border as possible".

Mr Varadkar referenced the fact it was his first overseas trip as Taoiseach and thanked the prime minister for arranging to meet at such short notice. "When there is an attack on London, we feel in Ireland that is nearly an attack on us as well.".

The pair held talks on the devolved Northern Ireland Government - which has yet to put in place a new administration.

Mrs May said today that the Government was "steadfast in our support for the Belfast Agreement", but the Blanch man said he did "relay concerns" about a possible deal.

"I was very much reassured by what the prime minister had to say that the agreement, once it's reached, would be published so it would be there for everyone to see", he said.

He also offered condolences on behalf of the Irish people and the Irish government to all those affected by the recent tragedies in London.

May also expressed the hope that Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) would not impact relations with EU-member country Ireland.

Varadkar told the news conference that both the British and Irish governments needed to be impartial actors in relation to Northern Ireland's stalled power-sharing arrangements between parties that want the province to remain in the United Kingdom and parties that want it to become part of the Republic.

Mr Varadkar added: "We want to make sure that there is minimal or no disruption to trade between our two countries".

The ruling Tories need the backing of the 10 DUP MPs to form its minority government following a hung Parliament verdict in the June 8 snap general election.

"We are working away at them and will continue to work away at them".

  • Zachary Reyes