Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he did not consider renegotiating the Brexit agreement possible, regardless of who holds the position of Brexit Secretary.
According to the official, a no-deal Brexit would be very chaotic, but the UK might sign the deal in a few weeks.
Speaking about the possibility of a no-deal scenario, the prime minister stressed that it would be extremely difficult to avoid post-Brexit hard border on the island of Ireland.
"We can avoid a hard border by signing up for the agreement that has been negotiated," Varadkar told reporters. "I think in a no-deal scenario it would be very hard to avoid a hard border."
In addition, he emphasized that it was senseless to entertain goodwill keeping the border open.
One of the stumbling blocks appeared to be the so-called Irish border backstop, a EU-UK customs arrangement that would be launched if London and Brussels failed to agree on all terms of their future relationship by the end of the transition period.