JUST four in ten people in Ireland are happy with how their Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is dealing with Brexit, a poll reveals.
One in four say they are unhappy with his negotiation tactics with the UK. The survey also shows there is strong support in Ireland for the backstop, with six in ten saying the EU should not reopen negotiations on the border.
But this weakens in areas closer to the border that will be most affected by a No Deal Brexit and among the young.
Mr Varadkar and PM Boris Johnson have yet to meet in person for Brexit talks.
Mr Johnson wants the backstop binned, while the EU and Mr Varadkar are steadfast in their support.
Earlier this year, a Sunday Independent poll found that 43 per cent of Irish people were happy with the PM’s performance on Brexit.
The results show that support for his position on Brexit is gradually slipping.
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The UK and EU are at deadlock as PM Johnson demands the backstop be binned, while the EU and the Taoiseach remain steadfast in their support of it.
The survey also showed that while there is strong support in Ireland for standing firm on the backstop, this support weakens slightly in areas closer to the border who will be most impacted by a no deal Brexit.
Research chief executive Richard Colwell said: “The poll seems to show grudging support for the government and the Taoiseach’s handling of negotiations.
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