The two leaders will have a crunch time meeting in early September to discuss the row over Brexit and the Irish border issue. Boris Johnson has stated that no new Brexit deal will go through unless the controversial Irish backstop is torn up beforehand. The Prime Minister is bracing himself for a furious row in Dublin after Mr Varadkar’s spokesman insisted the backstop is not up for renegotiation.
A spokesman for the Irish PM said: “Such a meeting would give both sides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their respective positions.
“As has repeatedly been made clear, the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop are not up for negotiation.
“Any discussions on changes to the Political Declaration would occur between the UK and the EU.”
Insiders at No10 said Mr Johnson is committed to his vow to quit the EU without a deal unless the backstop is ditched.
Boris Johnson will meet Leo Varadkar in Septemebr to discuss Brexit and the Irish backstop
The backstop is a safety net ensuring an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The meeting comes after a surge in warnings about the damaging impact a no deal will have on Ireland.
A Cabinet minister told the sun: “No deal hurts us, the EU and Ireland - but it hurts Ireland the most.
“A lot of Irish trade goes to Britain, and much of the rest comes through us to Europe.
“Varadkar has overplayed his hand. He’s in deep trouble and needs a way out.”
The Irish Government, in a report last week, admitted it would face a “sharp” economic downturn unless it does a deal with the UK.
The country could also be struck by severe shortages of food and medicine a well as mayhem at ports, according to the Irish Central Bank.
Mr Johnson has warned Britain will be leaving the EU on October 31 “do or die” unless the backstop is removed.