THE IRISH Government is willing to listen to new “proposals and suggestions” on Brexit from Theresa May if Parliament votes down the Prime Minister’s deal on Tuesday - but warned that "listen only means listen".
Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar, who has supported Mrs May’s deal since she unveiled it in November, remains loyal to Theresa May over the EU approved Withdrawal Agreement. But a source within the Irish government said Mr Varadkar would be “ready to listen” to new proposals if the deal is voted down in parliament. The potential backing of the Dáil (Irish parliament) will come as a boost as the Prime Minister faces mounting pressure to return to Brussels to re-negotiate in the likely event that her bill is defeated.
But the senior Irish Government official insisted: "The withdrawal agreement won't be up for renegotiation but we will listen to what the UK government has to say.”
The official told the Irish Independent newspaper the Government were happy to listen to suggestions from Downing Street.
He said: "We'll always listen to suggestions or proposals but a unilateral exit can't be conceded.