Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has asked for “a level playing field” in the Brexit negotiations.
The Irish Prime Minister said there must be a common minimum standard so that the United Kingdom cannot “undermine” the EU.
He said the next step is to negotiate a free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU.
Varadkar spoke when the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, visited Ireland for the first time in her current position.
Mrs Von der Leyen and Mr Varadkar met to discuss Brexit and the European Green Agreement on Wednesday night.
Varadkar said he wanted to “reaffirm Ireland’s deep appreciation and appreciation” for the solidarity shown by the commission, the European institutions and other member states over Brexit.
“Only as a result, we have a Retirement Agreement that assures us that there are no hard borders, that citizens’ rights are protected and that the travel area between Great Britain and Ireland remains in place and that the Friday Agreement Santo is protected, “he said. said.
“We saw a real demonstration of that in the fact that the institutions in Northern Ireland are now working again.”
The taoiseach added: “I always felt that eliminating uncertainty around Brexit was one of the crucial ingredients required to rejoin the parties.”
Speaking in government buildings in Dublin, Ms. Von der Leyden said that “almost no other country in the European Union” is more affected by Brexit than Ireland.
Ms. Von der Leyden said that the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland were “one of our top priorities” during the withdrawal negotiations.
“We have said that Ireland will remain in the heart of the European Union,” he said.
He thanked Mr. Varadkar for his work and leadership in the Brexit process, and added that the EU will monitor the implementation of Brexit “very closely.”
Ms. Von der Leyen added: “We have a wide range [Brexit] schedule.
“We will have about eight months because negotiations will begin at the end of February or beginning of March.”
“We have a plan but we have to work very hard to reach our goal.”