DUBLIN, 12 Sep. –
The Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, has affirmed that May 2020 would be the “right time” to hold the next parliamentary elections, considering that by that time the waters will have calmed down around the process of leaving the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Varadkar, who is in charge of a minority government, endures thanks to the fact that his party, Fine Gael, collaborates with the main opposition formation, Fianna Fáil. The ghost of Brexit and the future of the border with Northern Ireland has marked Irish politics in recent months.
Varadkar had already written to the leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, to propose May or June as the most probable dates of the next elections, but the prime minister has specified this Thursday during a meeting with deputies of his party who is in favor of voting It is celebrated in May.
By then, he considers that a hypothetical divorce agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union would already be in full swing or, at least, the “worst” of a possible Brexit without agreement would have happened, according to the state television network RTE.
This calendar, however, could jump through the air if the United Kingdom does not finally leave the EU on October 31 as planned and there is a new extension. A law promoted by the British opposition urges the Boris Johnson Government to postpone Brexit as of January 31, 2020 if there is no agreement on the table.