The Taoiseach has said he believes the British government needs to be "cut some slack" when it comes to securing an extension of the Brexit deadline.

Speaking at Government Buildings, Leo Varadkar said he recognised there is "growing frustration" among EU Member States at the way in which Brexit is dominating the agenda, but added he cannot allow that to result in a no-deal Brexit "by accident".

Mr Varadkar said the Irish Government has "no definitive view" as to how long Article 50 should be extended, saying he awaited to hear what the British Prime Minister Theresa May would tell EU leaders at their summit in Brussels tomorrow.

He said he had been in phone contact this afternoon with EU Council President Donald Tusk about Mrs May's letter.

The Taoiseach described the political situation as "unstable" but said both the EU and the UK wanted to avoid a no-deal outcome.

Mr Varadkar said Ireland would not entertain any change to the Withdraw Agreement or the Irish backstop.

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