Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar comments in the Irish Times

  • Willing to provide assurances ahead of UK parliament vote
  • Does not want to trap the UK into anything

Some positive signs at the very least. But the real question will be, are these written assurances going to be legally-binding? It's a major difference expressing an opinion/view/statement but then not committing to it in a legal manner.

This feels a bit like observing a marital ceremony. One party is looking for an "I do" but with legal consequences i.e. signing the registration of marriage but the other party just wants to leave it with "I do" in words and on a white piece of paper as it would seem.