Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said the country's government is developing a contingency plan for its own needs, should the UK and EU fail to reach a free trade agreement following Brexit.
Speaking in Dublin on Wednesday, Varadkar told lawmakers that while he hopes Britain and the EU will secure a customs union partnership and free trade agreement, Ireland has a "fall-back plan".
He said the government is developing contingency plans in case " things do not work out," according to Bloomberg.
"We certainly do not rule seeking special arrangements for Ireland and Northern Ireland but that is not by any means our negotiating positions or preference," Varadkar added.
Ireland is particularly vulnerable to any Brexit impact, and will be looking to negotiate on a number of important matters including keeping the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland open after the event, citizens' rights and money owed by the UK, Bloomberg reports.
The Prime Minister said these areas require "sufficient progress" before the EU will allow talks to move on to the future relationship.
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