Varadkar: "What could give rise to a hard border is a hard Brexit, or a hard Brexit that doesn’t make special arrangements for Northern Ireland... to avoid both of those things... that’s what we’re working towards.” irishtimes.com/news/politics/… via @IrishTimes
I agree, but I think we should take the more recent statement more seriously. It may indicate that he is now taking threat of no deal very seriously and beginning to recalibrate the language to be as accurate as possible, and stress that full alignment is required to avoid border
Who knows. I have criticised him in the past for it. A mixture of domestic political considerations (FF ready to pounce on the issue) and a desire to emphasise how utterly unthinkable any deal involving a border would be I suppose...
I guess what he has been occasionally guilty of in the past (but no longer it appears) is refusing to contemplate in public the possibility of a no deal Brexit, or of HMG refusing to live up to the engagements on the backstop given in 12/18 and 3/18.
Whether it has relevance for LV’s political popularity I leave more superficially-minded people to judge. It just strikes me as rather dishonest, and I’m old-fashioned enough to think that’s important.