DUBLIN: Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday that Britain and the European Union would be in talks for several years even if Britain walks away from the bloc without a withdrawal agreement.

“It is not fully appreciated, this doesn’t end on October 31. Some people I know have become weary of Brexit and may take the view that this should end on October 31, with either a deal or no-deal,” Varadkar told journalists in Hillsborough Castle near Belfast.

“If there is no deal, then at a certain point we will have to begin negotiations again, and the first items on the agenda will be citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the solution to the Irish border.” “No deal doesn’t kill the backstop.”