Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday (October 4) that if Great Britain were to request an extension to its Brexit deadline beyond October 31st, he would consider it.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) IRISH PRIME MINISTER LEO VARADKAR SAYING:
''My preference is that we come to an agreement and that we have a deal by the middle of October and we can then begin the negotiations on the future relationship and future trade agreements. But if the UK government were to request an extension, I think we would consider it. But I think most EU countries would really only consider it for a good reason, and that reason would have to be put forward. But certainly an extension would be better than 'no deal'."
The BBC reported earlier on Friday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will send a letter to the European Union asking for a Brexit delay if no divorce deal has been agreed by October 19th.
Varadkar also said that the previous deal agreed with former prime minister Theresa May allowed for checks to take place in ports and airports and not along the Ireland-Northern Ireland land border.
Adding, that the difficulty with what Johnson has put on the table is that it appears to create two borders - checks at the ports and airports and also near the land border.
And, that there was still a long way to go before he could back an agreement that carries the support of both the people of Northern Ireland and the people of the Republic of Ireland.