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Taoiseach speaks to Presidents Juncker and Tusk

The Taoiseach spoke to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Council President Donald Tusk this afternoon. 

The calls took place following the Taoiseach’s meeting with the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Stockholm today. 

In both calls, the Taoiseach said he welcomes the fact that the UK Prime Minister has put forward proposals as a basis for further discussion, but that major issues remain with the UK’s proposals, especially on customs, and with consent and democracy in the north. 

The Taoiseach reassured both Presidents of Ireland’s commitment to protecting the EU single market and customs union, as well as protecting the Good Friday agreement and avoiding a hard border. 

Time is short, and all pledged to stay in touch, both directly and through their teams.