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Britain and Ireland hold Brexit and NI assembly talks

Britain and Ireland hold Brexit and NI assembly talks
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Theresa May welcomed her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar to Downing Street on Monday in a bid to revive the stalled Northern Ireland executive assembly

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The British Prime Minister Theresa May has held talks at Downing Street with the Irish premier Leo Varadkar.

It is May’s first meeting with a European Union leader since her keynote Florence speech on Friday in which she set out her plans for Brexit.

Good opportunity to meet with UK PM theresa_may</a> so soon after her Florence speech & ahead of meeting of EU leaders in Tallinn this week <a href="https://t.co/N56r0uWv00">pic.twitter.com/N56r0uWv00</a></p>— Leo Varadkar (campaignforleo) September 25, 2017

Varadkar said he wanted to ensure a close relationship between Ireland and the UK is maintained post-Brexit, and that the common travel area remained in place.

He described her proposal for a post-Brexit transitional period as a “step in the right direction.”

The pair also discussed kickstarting Northern Ireland’s stalled executive assembly; with Varadkar adding that it was important the UK didn’t want any physical border.

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