Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says Brexit deal is possible 'in next couple of weeks' as DUP accuse Theresa May of 'total betrayal'
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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says Brexit deal is possible 'in next couple of weeks' as DUP accuse Theresa May of 'total betrayal'

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has claimed that a deal between Britain and the EU on Brexit could be possible within a fortnight.

Speaking at the British-Irish Council summit in the Isle of Man today, Mr Varadkar said he was hopeful the UK could strike a deal with Brussels before the end of the year despite continuing concerns over the future of the Irish border.

However, the Irish PM stressed that a lot could still go wrong and any agreement would have to be ratified by both Britain and the European Union.

"We are at a sensitive point in the negotiations. A successful outcome is not guaranteed but I think it is possible in the next couple of weeks," Mr Varadkar said.

"Probably with that in mind the less said the better."

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With less than five months to go until Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, both sides remain at odds over how to avoid a hard border in Ireland and are yet to agree a backup plan for the Irish border should a no-deal Brexit occur.

The DUP have accused PM Theresa May of 'betrayal' over her plans for the Irish border post-Brexit (Image: Getty)

And in a further blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, the DUP - who she relies upon to prop up her minority government - today accused her of "total betrayal" over her plans for the Irish border.

The DUP believes Mrs May is prepared to give into Brussels' demands and agree a 'backstop', which would see Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK after Brexit and effectively create a new border in the Irish Sea.

"When it comes to Northern Ireland it’s very important to listen to, and have regard for, what the DUP has to say - but there are other political parties as well,” Mr Varadkar added.

"The most important thing for me is the objective - and that is to give everyone in Northern Ireland and Ireland assurance that a hard border will not develop between north and south no matter what else may happen in the years ahead."

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Despite the continuing uncertainty, Theresa May is reportedly hopeful of finally reaching an agreement with the EU over the next few days ahead of a crunch Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.