Former Irish Prime Minister: Odds Of No Deal Quite High

5 August 2018, 09:36 | Updated: 5 August 2018, 17:50

A former Irish Taoiseach says a no-deal Brexit is highly likely, and that Northern Ireland and Scotland are being ignored because of England's want to leave.

John Bruton, a former Irish Taoiseach, says a no-deal Brexit it "highly likely".

He also agreed with Liam Fox's suggestion that the odds of leaving without an agreement were "60-40".

"The problem here is that Britain has done it back to front," he told Tom Swarbrick.

"It wrote a letter saying it wanted to leave the EU - the Article 50 letter - and then only started to make up its mind as to what particular type of arrangement it wanted to have with the European Union."

Mr Bruton also pointed his finger at England for a 'heightened possibility' of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

He told Tom Swarbrick that any hard border is the "direct result" of a "British decision".

"Remember, Brexit is a British decision.

"We had no say in this decision, and it's a decision that has huge implications for us.

"Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union, that's being disregarded.

"Scotland voted to remain in the European Union, and that's being disregarded.

"Because England wants to leave."

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