Friday June 5, 2020

Holy Brexit flextension, Batman, we’ve escaped again!

The postponement of Britain’s departure from the EU means Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil can breathe easily for a while

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

14th April, 2019
Helen McEntee and Leo Varadkar arrive ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit at the European Council last week Picture: Getty

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee was facing a familiar problem as the summit of EU leaders went into the early hours of the morning in Brussels last week.

Her smartphone was running out of power. She found a spare plug in one of the rooms near where EU leaders were having their ‘working dinner’ to thrash out an agreement on a Brexit extension, and sat down on the wooden floor. “Time to...

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