Well, Mr Varadkar, isn't it ironic?!

It has been a long road to finally getting Brexit done. A road blockaded and blighted by the massively out of touch former parliament, negativity from our own former government and faceless unelected EU bureaucrats.


At least for the latter, we finally began to learn who they were and what they thought. A somewhat shallow consolation, given their utter contempt for our country.


And then we come to the Irish Taioseach, Leo Varadkar.


As we rise this morning, in the midst of storm Ciara, Mr Varadkar is facing a storm himself. At the time of writing, the results looked like a three-way dead heat between Fine Gael, Fine Fail and Sinn Fein, with Fine Gael more than 10% behind in Dublin.


If the exit poll is right, Fine Gael will have lost 3% of the vote since 2016, a significant number in a system based significantly more on proportionality than its British counterpart.


After all the comments by the Taioseach on the instability of the British government in the years gone by, there is a rich sense of irony here.


The sense in Europe is that he has won the battle on the international stage, but is losing ground back home, and these predictions confirm that suspicion. But they will mourn the loss of Leo Varadkar in the EU.


He has been a very useful puppet for them.


A staunch backer of the backstop and a thorn in the side of the British government over the issue of the Irish border, he has single-handedly piled pressure on successive British governments to shoot down any hope of a decent Brexit deal, a position which the EU were quite obviously very happy to back him up on. No solution was ever proposed by Varadkar, but he was more than happy to kill off anyone else's propositions.


Leo Varadkar should be very worried. He now faces a very stark choice.


Does he go with the same old Fine Gael/Labour coalition of some description? Or does he join forces with Sinn Fein?


It may look like a simple choice should he want to avoid Sinn Fein, but it couldn't be more of a dilemma.


Giving them the role of the main opposition party, in a time where establishment politics are being rejected and resiled from, might just be the ticket they need to land themselves in government in four years' time.


That would be a historic moment. Imagine Sinn Fein, the biggest party in Ireland and the second biggest in the North by the time the next election cycle comes round.


A far cry from the days of their reputation as being the political wing of the IRA...


The more likely option, as ever, is more of the same, and I wouldn't be surprised if Leo Varadkar remained as Taioseach.


2020's election results are groundbreaking, but it is 2024 which will yield a more telling set of results.


Jack Rydeheard, Editor for Conservative Progress