DUP MP brands Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as a "nutcase"

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On the first part of Brexit talks, Juncker said he had the privilege to have a close working relationship with Varadkar, adding that both the EU Commission and the Irish government worked side by side to move to next phase of talks, adding that the partnership would "continue and grow stronger".

Earlier on Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs that he still saw Brexit as a "catastrophe", and felt it was a "lose-lose situation" for the EU and Britain.

EU President Donald Tusk said this week that the bloc's "hearts are open" to Britain changing its mind.

The former Ukip leader said he "fears" the Taoiseach is "working together with Nick Clegg and Tony Blair" to make sure the United Kingdom gets the "worst possible deal" on Brexit thereby forcing the British into a U-turn.

She said: "I don't think negotiations are supposed to be friendly". Britain voted for Brexit by 52% to 48% in a referendum in June 2016, stunning the world and deeply worrying the European Union as it confronted a series of other crises.

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Mr Wilson gave the interview after the Irish premier addressed the European Parliament on the future of the EU and in which he dismissed suggestions he has played any role in reported plots against Brexit. While EU judges would have to be consulted, according to the study, Juncker said on Wednesday that Britons should be allowed to stay, while Tusk said on Tuesday that EU's hearts are "still open".

Mr Henkel said: "The fact that Juncker has explicitly shared our opinion in the Parliament that the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union is a lose-lose situation shows that awareness has now come to Brussels that the other 27 European Union countries will also suffer due to Brexit".

But Conservative MP Kenneth Clarke, a passionate europhile, said parliament's handling of the bill so far was "pathetic" and said he hoped the Lords would make an "enormous number of changes". "But now we have to persuade the EU27 to strike a deal which works for this sector".

He also remarked that the Good Friday Agreement may not have been possible without Ireland's membership of the EU.

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