A united Ireland would be a "different state", says Leo Varadkar 2 weeks ago

A united Ireland would be a "different state", says Leo Varadkar

"I think it would result in some of the mistakes made 100 years ago...

People calling for a united Ireland must realise it would involve a “different state” with a “new constitution”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said.

Speaking in Belfast about whether a vote regarding a united Ireland would be a good idea, Varadkar said that doing so in the wake of a no-deal Brexit would be "divisive" and "not the right way forward".

According to the BBC, Varadkar said that an entirely "new state" with a new constitution would be required if a united Ireland was ever to be a genuine possibility.

"I think it would result in some of the mistakes made 100 years ago, when partition happened, being repeated but just the other way around - a huge number of people, those from a unionist, British, Ulster background, being brought into a united Ireland against their will," Varadkar said.

Asked during the press conference if he accepted that a no-deal Brexit was now likely since the new UK prime minister had taken office, as Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has recently suggested, Varadkar replied that a no-deal outcome could still be avoided.

He added that even if a no-deal outcome was to happen, negotiations would need to begin at some stage to try to resolve the Irish border issue.