Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is seeking hundreds of millions of euros to cope against the costs of a no deal Brexit, particularly in relation to the beef, dairy and fishing industries which Dublin fears will be hit hardest in the event of a no deal Brexit. However Mr Rees-Mogg believes Ireland’s fears are misguided. The North East Somerset MP took to Twitter to vent his frustration at what he called the Irish government’s “obdurate” threats over the Northern Ireland border.
He tweeted: “If we leave without a deal the main culprit will be the obdurate Irish Government’s threats about the phantom border issue.”
Ireland’s government has told the European Commission it will demand emergency aid if Britain leaves the EU without a deal secured on March 29.
Michael Creed, the Ireland’s agriculture minister, said Irish farmers fear losing out by millions but no formal request has been made to the EU yet.
He said: “You’re looking at hundreds of millions here.
“Between the beef industry and the fishing industry we’re talking mega-money.
“There is a high level of awareness of Ireland’s unique exposure to the UK food market.
“But I think nobody wants to talk about it right now because there is still a hope and expectation that a level of sanity will prevail.”
Mr Varadkar held a 40-minute phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today as the pair looked to find a solution to the Westminster Brexit deadlock.
The two leaders also spoke about their countries’ no deal plans.
Speaking to reporters after the call, Mr Varadkar hit back at Mr Rees-Mogg’s suggestions, saying Brexit was a problem caused by the United Kingdom and Theresa May’s inability to get her deal approved by MPs was an issue created by Parliament.
Mr Varadkar said: “It’s up to them to make a proposal but it has to be a proposal that we can accept.
“It can’t be a proposal that contradicts what’s already in the Withdrawal Agreement.
“It can’t be something that renders the backstop inoperable.”
The Taoiseach added he has “given up speculating” on the outcome of Brexit.
He said the fallout from this month’s delayed meaningful vote was “very hard to predict” and urged the Prime Minister to delay Britain’s leaving the EU if no deal became inevitable.
Mr Varadkar said: “The threat of a no-deal isn’t one that Ireland is making, isn’t one that the European Union is making.
“The threat of no deal can be taken off the table at any time by the UK Parliament either by ratifying the agreement that the 28 governments have made or by seeking the extension to Article 50 to allow more time for us to negotiate what needs to be negotiated.”