Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Brexit news: Boris to demand Varadkar drop backstop from EU deal as he travels to Ireland | Politics | News


Mr Johnson and his Irish counterpart will explore alternatives to the much-hated Irish backstop which saw Theresa May’s EU deal rejected in Parliament on three occasions while she was in Downing Street. The UK Government has vowed to leave the EU ‘do or die’ on October 31 this year and has demanded the EU drop the backstop from the withdrawal agreement or see Britain leave the bloc without a deal.

The announcement of the visit came as the Taoiseach met the US vice president, who demanded Ireland and the rest of the EU “negotiate in good faith” with the UK on Brexit.

The EU27 have been stubborn in their refusal to let the UK renegotiate the current withdrawal agreement.

Last month, European Council President Donald Tusk wrote on Twitter: “The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found.

“Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border.

“Even if they do not admit it.”

However, Mr Johnson has insisted Brussels’ resistance to making changes to the Irish backstop has begun to crumble.

The Prime Minister met with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron last month as he demanded his European colleagues give him the opportunity to renegotiate the Brexit deal.

Both said they were willing to look at alternative arrangements which would render the emergency mechanism redundant.

Speaking in Westminster today, DUP leader in the House of Commons Nigel Dodds, called on the Prime Minister to demand Mr Varadkar “sit down” with politicians in Northern Ireland to try and find a way to break to Brexit impasse.

Attacking the Republic of Ireland leader, Mr Dodds accused Mr Varadkar of “preaching to others about the need for conciliation” while failing to be willing to compromise himself.

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