Ireland to seek emergency EU help in case of no-deal Brexit
06 January 2019 | 11:45 am
Irish PM Leo Varadkar says he's "given up speculating" on whether the UK will strike a deal with the EU. His agriculture minister insists Ireland would need "mega money" from the EU to cope with a no-deal Brexit.
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