Fianna Fáil, who prop up Mr Varadkar’s Fine Gael party in government, were expected to pull the plug after the Dáil’s parliament summer recess. But a senior source said the leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, will withstand mounting pressure to collapse the Government before the new Brexit deadline. Ministerial sources say they expect to “get back to normal work” after the EU agreed to push back the withdrawal date.
A senior Fianna Fáil figure said: “The uncertainty over Brexit will remain until October and beyond even if there is a General Election in the UK.
“If Leo wants an election he can go to the Áras any day as we all know, but he would find it hard to defend going over the next few months.”
One Fine Gael minister said Mr Varadkar has always publicly maintained he doesn’t want a General Election until the summer of 2020.
They added: “Spring next year seems more likely, but we’re definitely going nowhere this year unless Theresa May passes the deal in the next few weeks.”
This comes after Mr Varadkar warned the Tories the European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, is not “some kind of honest broker”.
He said they are a body devoted to protecting the bests interests of the EU and its member states.
Mr Varadkar urged arch-Brexiteers to appreciate the role of the European Commission.
He said: “I think our role as Ireland and the EU is to understand the fact the UK has got itself into a very difficult position.
”They don’t want to leave without a deal, but they also don’t want to vote for the deal.
“It seems now that half or even more than half of the public don’t want to leave at all.
“So they have got themselves in a difficult situation.
“For a lot of us it was predictable, but they are there now.”