The Taoiseach has said the Government is considering setting out its budgetary priorities for spending in certain areas for a number of years to come to provide more clarity to people, businesses and organisations about what is going to happen in the years ahead.

Speaking to journalists in Canada, Leo Varadkar said if possible this will be done to cover the next two or three years for areas such as tax, welfare or current spending.

Mr Varadkar added that no budget decisions have been made yet and the Government's intention is to balance the books next year and reduce the debt.

He said that might not be politically popular in the short-term but it is the right thing to do for the country.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach is to visit the Canadian-US border today to see for himself whether or not it is an example of a soft border, as some people in favour of Brexit have claimed.

Mr Varadkar has also said he is convinced free movement of people north and south across the border without passports will not change post Brexit.

He said trade borders still have to be negotiated but there is consensus in Dublin, London, Belfast and Brussels that passport-free travel will continue.