05 April, 2019
A shock new survey has found that most people in Britain would not mind if Northern Ireland was no longer a part of the UK.
Mr Coveney made the comments as efforts intensify to find a way through the Brexit impasse with the April 12 deadline looming.
The EU warned on Tuesday that Britain could be heading for a potentially disorderly no-deal exit in just 10 days time as Prime Minister Theresa May met with ministers to thrash out ways to break the deadlock.
Main image: Leo Varadkar and Emmanuel Macron in Paris today.
Chancellor Merkel will have a tete-a-tete will the Taoiseach and a number of meetings during her visit to Dublin.
The taoiseach (Irish prime minister) said the Republic of Ireland and the European Union will do everything possible to avoid the emergence of a hard border.
"These are people for whom the border is a very real issue - people from communities along the border, from business, and with direct personal experience of conflict before the Good Friday Agreement".
Discussing his meeting with Mr Macron in Paris on Tuesday, Mr Varadkar said he was "really heartened by the enormous support" that France continued to demonstrate towards Ireland and, by Mr Macron's statement that Ireland would never be abandoned by France or by the EU.
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However, the British government only has until the end of next week to come up with a plan - with European Union leaders to meet next Wednesday to discuss the situation.
Leo Varadkar will lean heavily on stories of the Border region, while trying to convince Ms Merkel a hard Border can not exist under any circumstances.
"It is important to hear their voices as we work together to deal with the challenges that Brexit presents".
The Taoiseach said that Prime Minister's offer to engage with the Labour leader on Brexit was "timely".
Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday that the European Union should be open to "any proposals" that United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May might bring forward to resolve the Brexit impasse.
She has previously urged European Union officials to expedite work on how to secure the EU's single market if a disorderly Brexit occurs.