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Labour manifesto: EU 'open to' Corbyn's Brexit policy, says Ireland's Leo Varadkar

The EU is "open to" Labour's Brexit policy of renegotiating the Brexit agreement to include a customs union and single market membership, Leo Varadkar has said.

Asked about the Labour manifesto the Irish leader told public broadcaster RTE that the bloc would be "very happy" with sitting down with "whoever is prime minister" and that the opposition's policy would not be a problem.

"Whoever is in government in the UK in a few weeks time, whoever is prime minister, we will be happy to sit down with them, listen to what they say and work with them, and in a hypothetical scenario if a UK government wants to talk about a customs union, with the EU, or closer alignment with the single market, that’s something we’ve always been open to, something we’d be very happy to talk to the UK government about," he said.

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The Labour manifesto unveiled on Thursday commits the party to a legally-binding Final Say referendum, with voters given the choice between remaining and leaving with a renegotiated deal.

The opposition party says its renegotiated deal would include a customs union and close alignment with EU single market rules.

Mr Varadkar was speaking on Thursday and was specifically asked about Labour's manifesto policy. He added: "Let’s see how the election goes. What I think we can be assured of is, we can say to the people of Ireland, there won’t be a hard border between north and south, and the Common Travel Area, and everything that goes with it will be protected.

"The only outcome which would be problematic would be another hung parliament, in which case we may be back in a situation where we have a House of Commons which wouldn’t be able to ratify any agreement."

The Taoiseach said on Wednesday that 

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