Irish PM says unless British white paper is departure from last two years’ thinking, it will be dead on arrival

Theresa May has been told by European leaders that an attempt to protect the UK’s industrial base by gaining single market access for goods alone after Brexit is a non-starter, as the Irish prime minister warned: “We are not going to let them destroy the European Union.”

After being given a “broad brush approach” presentation at a Brussels summit of May’s long-awaited paper, yet to be signed off by her warring British cabinet, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, told her that unless the final document presented a departure from the UK government’s thinking over the last two years, it would be dead on arrival.

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