Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Brexit news: Leo Varadkar player to sway to secure deal, Boris Johnson warned | UK | News


Leo Varadkar remained committed to the ‘s negotiating line throughout divorce talks with the British Government as he insisted will not budge on keeping the backstop in the withdrawal agreement. As launches a charm offensive on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, the Prime Minister was advised to keep his focus on the Irish Taoiseach to clinch a deal. Speaking to the Today programme on Wednesday, Mr Müller said: “One point which has been made in this discussion which I think is really important is that the solution, if the backstop is the big problem, the big hurdle as it seems to be, can only come from Ireland.

will never be the one to take responsibility if there is violence again in Ireland and Northern Ireland. She will not make any commitment to changes in the backstop.

“This has to come, really, from the Irish Government.”

The Irish Prime Minister talked with Boris Johnson about his demands during an hour-long phone call after the Prime Minister reiterated the need to remove the backstop in a letter to European Council President on Monday.

A statement released from the Irish Government following their talk said: “The Taoiseach emphasised the importance of the legally operable guarantee to ensure no hard border and continued free trade on the island of Ireland.

“They agreed that their teams would maintain close contact over the coming weeks, while recognising that negotiations take place between the UK and the EU27 Task Force.

“They also agreed to meet in Dublin in early September.”

While the prospect of a no deal Brexit looms closer due to the refusal to reopen the withdrawal agreement, European affairs expert Peter Cleppe warned the British Government Ireland may seek to “blame the UK” for the consequences of a hard Brexit.

Mr Cleppe, from the think tank Open Europe, said: “I would not be surprised if they have a kind of plan B ready if only to blame the UK for no deal.

“It places a substantial regulatory border, rooted in that treaty, between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.”

He added: “The treaty provides no sovereign means of exiting unilaterally and affords the people of Northern Ireland no influence over the legislation which applies to them.

“That is why the backstop is anti-democratic.”

The top Eurocrat hit back claiming the British Government failed to offer a viable alternative to the backstop Brussels could accept.

Sharing his curt response on Twitter, the Polish politician said: “The backstop is 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 re-establishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”



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