With Brexit trade talks looming, Irish leader Leo Varadkar has called on Boris Johnson’s UK government to dial back its “nationalist rhetoric,” and urged it to avoid laying down “rigid red lines” that imperil an agreement.

The Irish Taoiseach made the call on Sunday, after Johnson accused the European Union of trying to “change the terms” of the Brexit divorce deal between the UK and the EU.

“One thing I’d say to everyone is let’s not repeat some of the errors that were made in the past two-and-a-half years. Let’s not set such rigid red lines that it makes it hard to come to an agreement and let’s tone down the kind of nationalistic rhetoric,” Varadkar said to the BBC.

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