Speaking at the Government Buildings after a cabinet meeting, Leo Varadkar has said that the 45 laws needed to be passed by the Oireachtas in the event of a no-deal Brexit could be condensed into 4 pieces of legislation.

The Taoiseach also said that there are no plans to recall the Dáil next week and that it is not the Government’s intention to tie up the Dáil in January and February passing legislation that might not be needed.

Instead, he said Dáil and Seanad business would be cleared in March, if needed, to get the legislation through.

Mr Varadkar added that Ireland will not accept any change to a Brexit deal that renders the backstop inoperable.

-Daniel Potter