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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has predicted that Britain is likely to face decades of economic decline following its exit from the EU.

He said that as a result of Brexit the UK would “fall into relative economic decline for many decades, probably be overtaken by France again. Slowly over time, it’ll be overtaken by lots of countries in Asia.”

In a short interview he did with Newstalk radio on Friday Mr Varadkar added that the new British Prime Minister would have to face a “reality check”on Brexit when he took office.

-Daniel Potter