Ireland Rejects British Emergency Plan on Brexit

Leo Varadkar said he has a good relationship with DUP leader Arlene Foster

Mr Varadkar said the Government could not countenance any limit on a backstop following a telephone conversation with Mrs May, who told the Taoiseach that there would need to be a mechanism to bring a temporary backstop, if it is needed, to an end.

An agreement on how to end the backstop would unlock a Brexit withdrawal agreement, paving the way for an emergency European Union summit before the end of November.

"The Cabinet must not be bounced - again! - into part-informed support for an untenable policy", prominent Brexiteer Steve Baker said on Twitter, referring to the July Cabinet meeting during which Mrs May got ministers to sign off on her negotiating strategy.

Mr Raab's suggestion, made to Mr Coveney in London last week, was for Britain to be able to end the backstop unilaterally after as little as three months if it chose to do so.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson tweeted, Tuesday, that a UK-EU deal was unlikely, criticising the Irish government and warning them that a no-deal Brexit would mean "serious consequences" for their economy.

A deal on the Irish border to break the Brexit deadlock is not close, the EU's chief negotiator has said.

Meanwhile, the report predicts that the PM will sell the deal to hardliners within her party by insisting that they will be to blame should the United Kingdom crash out of the European Union without a deal in four months' time.

The key sticking point remains how to avoid customs checks taking place at the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, without putting up new barriers between Northern Ireland and the British mainland. It is Belfast after "breccia" will continue to obey the Customs Union of the EU and numerous rules of the single market.




"Anything that pulls the two communities apart in Northern Ireland undermines the Good Friday Agreement and anything that pulls Britain and Ireland apart undermines that relationship", he told Ireland's RTE radio.

Mrs May is said to continue to be pushing for a Canada-style free trade deal with the EU.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Mr Varadkar overtly rejected fresh calls for the backstop agreement to have an expiration or time-limit in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, said a breakthrough on the Irish border issue was not close.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Helen McEntee said that one side can not be allowed unilaterally decide to end the backstop and Mrs May has clearly said there must be a legally operable backstop in the withdrawal agreement.

Even if a deal is done in Brussels in the coming days, May will have to sell it in London - first to her own Cabinet, and then to Parliament.

"While we too hope the Northern Ireland backstop will never be required to be used, it will be required to be written down in legal text".

"I am extremely confident we will reach an imminent deal", Glen told a financial services conference in London.

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