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Sammy Wilson apologises after calling Leo Varadkar a 'nutcase'

A DUP MP has rolled back on controversial comments in which he branded Taoiseach Leo Varadkar a "nutcase".

East Antrim representative Sammy Wilson has expressed regret for his choice of language when referencing the Irish premier's stance on Brexit.

He said: "Leo Varadkar's approach may make him popular in Brussels but it will eventually destroy Ireland.

"Upon reflection, I should have said Leo Varadkar's EU policies defy logic rather than the language I used. I regret my choice of language."

Mr Wilson, a veteran politician well known for being outspoken, also branded the taoiseach arrogant, naive and inexperienced during an interview with website Politico.

Mr Wilson was critical of the taoiseach after Mr Varadkar's speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday.

The taoiseach had warned "there can be no backsliding" from Britain over commitments to keep the border open after Brexit.

Speaking to Politico, Mr Wilson claimed there had been a change of tone from the Dublin government since Mr Varadkr took office in June last year.

"“It was always our view at the very start of this process that the biggest ally we would have when it came to negotiating with the European Union was Dublin, and indeed that always was the impression we got when Enda Kenny was in power, but since this nutcase Varadkar has taken over that things have all changed," he said.

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