1. Mid of Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outside 10 Downing Street after talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Leo Varadkar, Irish Taoiseach:
"I think what really struck me about the meeting today as that there is so much more that unites the British government and Irish government that divides us. We are both very committed to seeing the Executive and Assembly and institutions back up and running in Northern Ireland. We are both very committed to maintaining the Common Travel Area between Britain and Ireland and ensuring that the free trade arrangements that exist between Britain and Ireland, and between the United Kingdom and the European Union should continue. So it was a very good meeting and it was nice to have the opportunity to speak to her so soon after her Florence speech and in advance of my meeting with the other European Prime Ministers which will happen in Tallinn, in Estonia, on Thursday and Friday."
3. Mid of Varadkar
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Leo Varadkar, Irish Taoiseach:
"I have always encouraged the British government to be more specific about how they see the future relationship between Britain and Ireland and between the United Kingdom and the European Union. One thing that I think was very important that was included in her Florence speech was the fact that Britain will not seek any physical infrastructure on the border and to me that's very important. It's a little bit more than saying you don't want a border of the past or a hard border. Saying that there will be no physical infrastructure is a very strong statement in my view. Now of course I pointed out that the way that I believe you can best achieve that is for the United Kingdom including Northern Ireland to stay in some form of a customs union and in some form of a single market with the European Union and it is certainly the view of the prime minister that we can best start exploring these things if we are allowed to continue and move into Phase Two of the talks."
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Monday said he had urged the British government to be "more specific" about its future relationship with Ireland following its withdrawal from the European Union.
After talks with Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in London, Varadkar said he welcomed her decision, as outlined in her Florence speech, to rule out a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland
He also said there was more that united than divided Ireland and the UK.
It was May's first meeting with a European Union (EU) leader since her keynote speech in Florence last week in which she set out her plans for Brexit.
The EU on Monday ramped up pressure on Britain ahead of a new round of Brexit talks, warning again that time is running out for May to clinch a deal.