European Council President Donald Tusk (L) shakes hands with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar (R) after signing the visitors book at the Government buildings in Dublin on December 1, 2017. / AFP / Paul FAITH
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The EU will refuse Britain's demand for talks on a post-Brexit transition and future trade pact if Ireland is not satisfied with London's offer on border arrangements with Northern Ireland, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday.Tusk, who will chair a crunch summit of European Union leaders on the issue in two weeks, was speaking to reporters after meeting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin.A former Polish prime minister, Tusk noted that he had given British Prime Minister Theresa May a deadline of Monday to make a "final offer" on the Irish border before leaders decide whether there is "sufficient progress" on a divorce settlement to merit opening talks on the future relationship.
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