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11 of the quickest reactions to Leo Varadkar's Love Actually comments

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TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR’S first visit to 10 Downing Street took place yesterday afternoon, and although he was there to talk Brexit and Northern Ireland, there was only one thing that we’re going to remember from the press conference.

This reference to Love Actually:

The Hugh Grant dance was top of the small talk agenda on the way in:

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.

And the jokes were coming thick and fast:

1. We’ll never be able to look at his name the same way again

2. Theresa’s advisors had some explaining to do

3. “I can see how it was an influence alright”

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Sign-holding in public was legitimised by Love Actually.

4. Who knows how far Leo took the references?

Hopefully Martine McCutcheon made a cameo.

5. For people who aren’t fans, seeing the film trending was a tough experience

6. The burning question: is Simon Coveney a Love Actually man?

If not, he’s missing out.

7. Is it wrong that we’re now thinking of all the other pop culture references he could have made

Would it be too much to ask for an explicit Malcolm Tucker quote?

8. We’d all watch this

9. Leo, feel free to go full Toby Ziegler when you’re meeting Trump

10. And we’ll take romcom references at normal press conference too

11. The scene from inside would have been something

If you leave him alone in there for a minute, would you blame him for trying out the dance?

From Coppers to Love Actually, it’s been quite an opening week for the new Taoiseach.

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