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Ireland's Varadkar says he's invited Johnson to Dublin, not 'fatalistic' over no-deal Brexit

Steve Goldstein

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he invited British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Dublin when the two talked by phone last week and said he's not "fatalistic" that a no-deal Brexit will occur. He did say that such a one-to-one conversation would be done without preconditions, while Johnson said he won't meet European Union leaders without a willingness to end the backstop. Varadkar said the so-called backstop is "closed" but that a political declaration accompanying an agreement could be reached. "There is always room for talks and negotiations," he said.