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The uproar comes after the Irish deputy prime minister said while the UK has the power to deviate from EU regulations they will have to “largely” follow European rules. Mr Varadkar added the UK’s access to the European market is “not unconditional”, as laid out in the 1,246-page treaty.
Readers were quick to respond to the Express.co.uk article and make their fury known.
One furious reader said: “Varadkar seems to have misunderstood. Any sanctions are reciprocal. Mess with the UK and you’ll be messed with.
“Without the UK land bridge, the ROI is isolated from the other 26 vassal states of the bloc.”
Another also claimed the former Irish prime minister was “blowing noises from both ends”.
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They added: “So backdoor Leo threatens again, and is blowing noises from both ends.
“For business IF you export to any foreign country you sell on their Standards and rules, not the UK’s.
“If you sell to China you do it under their regulations, so it’s no different to the EU.”
A third argued the UK should ignore Mr Varadkar claiming the UK should do what is in their best interests.
They said: “More bull coming from someone we never voted for so we will carry on doing what is best for the UK and not what some jumped up person expects us to do.”
Another suggested Ireland and EU still need UK trade adding: “Varadkar will not shut up, will he?
“The truth of the matter is that the EU needed the UK trade to avoid mass employment problems in farming, manufacturing and tourism.
“The bloc still does not have a budget approved for the coming years so Brussels has no real idea of future finances.”
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A final person fumed: “Varadkar just doesn’t know when to shut his mouth, does he?
“A posing, preening, pouting, popinjay trying to stay in the spotlight.”
Yesterday Mr Varadkar said the UK has the sovereignty and power to deviate from EU rules and regulations, but added: “If they do deviate too much then they lose access to the market and the truth is the lunar pull isn’t a bad analogy.
“You can’t get away from the obvious geography that Britain is in Europe, geographically, and if Europe is the Earth then Britain, which is much smaller, is the moon.”
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“There’s no way to take Britain out of Europe, you can take Britain out of the EU, but not Europe.”
Referring to the Brexit deal secured on Christmas Eve, the Tanaiste also told Newstalk: “It does still give them access to the European single market, a market of 400 million people, the biggest and wealthiest market in the world.
“They don’t have to pay tariffs or quotas either which is advantageous to them.
“But it’s not unconditional. So what they have agreed to is what we call a level playing field.”
It comes as European politicians are expected to begin the process of approving the post-Brexit trade deal, as Britons were urged to prepare for life without the EU’s benefits.
Politicians will meet today to determine how they can provisionally approve the deal covering £660 billion of trade in time for the end of the transition period on Thursday.
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