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Ireland’s gay leader Leo Varadkar ‘wants Brexit done’ by October 31 so he can go see Cher

Josh Milton October 22, 2019
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar "wants Brexit done" so he can go watch Cher. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images/Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar "wants Brexit done" so he can go watch Cher. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images/Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images)

As MPs dive deep into UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s more than 110 page-long Brexit proposal, all gay Irish leader Leo Varadkar wants to do is see Cher.

Relatable, to be honest.

The Taoiseach (prime minister) and Fine Gael party leader said he wanted to get “Brexit done” by October 31 so he can see the pop legend the day after, the Irish Mirror reported.

As the Brexit saga pelts the public and parliament members alike, Varadkar, 40, bought tickets to see Cher in Dublin’s 3Arena on November 1 and is apparently a “really big fan” of the 73-year-old icon.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants to enjoy Cher ‘without worrying about Brexit’.

Varadkar is also a major fan of Australian singer Kylie Minogue – he once wrote a gushing fan letter to the pop star and explained that he’s a “huge fan” of hers.

And as Cher readies to don her many technicolour wigs for her Here We Go Again tour, Varadkar told his Fine Gael colleagues in Cork that he want to let his hair go during the gig.

“The Taoiseach was clearly giddy to tell us about the Cher gig,” a source told the paper.

“Leo was in good form before the Fine Gael dinner at the bar and we were chatting about how tiring Brexit had been over the last few months and how much we were just dying for it to be over.

“Leo chipped in then and said he knew how we felt and that he really wanted Boris to get the deal done by October 31.

Cher performs on stage at The O2 Arena on October 21, 2019 in London, England. (Burak Cingi/Redferns)
Cher performs on stage at The O2 Arena on October 21, 2019 in London, England. (Burak Cingi/Redferns)

“We were wondering for a second why he was so keen but then he told us it was because he had tickets for the Cher gig in The Point [the former name of the 3Arena] and that he wanted to enjoy that without worrying about Brexit.

“He must be a really big fan.”

Cher aside, what is going on with Brexit?

Varadkar is an integral lifeline in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union as the Irish border has proved to be a vicious point of contention across the last three-and-a-half years.

But he gave an adrenaline shot to the possibility of divorcing the bloc last month when he vaguely said a “pathway” is “possible” in a joint statement with his British counterpart.

Johnson is driving British lawmakers to pass his withdrawal bill through the House of Commons by Thursday. The aggressive and accelerated timetable for the bill being designed to ram it through the House by the October 31 deadline.

(Left to right) Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadisn Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at the start of an EU leaders summit. (Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
(Left to right) Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadisn Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at the start of an EU leaders summit. (Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)

Three days of intensive debate are set to unfold, with many lawmakers slamming the time slot as too limited to allow for proper scrutiny of Johnson’s exit strategy.

As a result, the next few days will prove pivotal to Johnson – the expected numbers of those who will support the agreement bill being too close to call.

Its failure or success will chart the course of Brexit and whether Varadkar will be able to see Cher live without a care in the world.

That, or he’ll have to turn back time and book a different date instead.

More: Boris Johnson, brexit, Cher, Ireland, Leo Varadkar

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