TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR paid his first visit to No. 10 Downing Street today, for talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
While Brexit and Northern Ireland were atop the agenda for discussion between the pair, Varadkar said it was a “thrill” to visit the Westminster residence and that he and May had a laugh and joke on the way in about the Hugh Grant dancing scene from Love Actually.
Varadkar appeared disappointed when he told reporters that the infamous dance scene was not filmed inside the Prime Minister’s residence, so he didn’t see the stairs that Grant dances down on his way in this morning.
The Taoiseach said:
It’s my first time in this building so there’s a little thrill in it as well. We spoke on the way in and I was reminded of that famous scene in Love Actually where Hugh Grant does his dance down the stairs. But apparently, it wasn’t actually filmed here so I didn’t get a chance to see the stairs.
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a stressed-out Prime Minister, played by Hugh Grant, unwinding by dancing around 10 Downing Street to Jump, by the Pointer Sisters.
Varadkar went on to thank May for facilitating the meeting at short notice and said that it reinforced the relationship between the two countries.
Speaking in advance of his visit to London, the Taoiseach said he was “looking forward” to the meeting.
“I want to renew the close bond and strong relations that exist between Ireland and the United Kingdom,” he said.
“Among other things, we will discuss Northern Ireland and the need to re-establish devolved government, and Brexit, focusing on how we can avoid any adverse impact on the rights and freedoms of our citizens, on trade and the economy,” Varadkar added.