‘What’s on the table is the only deal’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he regrets that the UK is leaving the European Union but said that what was agreed today is the “next best outcome”.

He was speaking at a press conference after all 27 European Union leaders endorsed the Brexit deal at a summit in Brussels.

There is no plan B, he added, if the deal is not approved in the House of Commons.

He said: “There isn’t a plan B. The truth is what we have here is the best deal that is available both for the United Kingdom and for the European Union.