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Brexit: Irish PM says no backstop as bad for Ireland as no deal

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Brexit: Irish PM says no backstop as bad for Ireland as no deal

 

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FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives ahead of a European Union leaders summit after European Parliament elections to discuss who should run the EU executive for the next five years, in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2019. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo


DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland will not allow the Northern Ireland "backstop" clause in Britain's EU withdrawal agreement to be dropped because doing so would be as big a threat to the country as Britain leaving without a deal, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday.

 

While it is "alarming" that leading contenders to replace Theresa May as Britain's Prime Minister are increasingly threatening a no-deal Brexit, Ireland was 100 percent certain the European Union would not allow the backstop to go, he said.

 

Leadership contenders, including front-runner Boris Johnson, have called for the controversial Irish clause that is designed to avoid border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland to be changed or scrapped. They have said Britain would be prepared to leave without a deal if there was no compromise.

 

"To me no backstop is effectively the same as no-deal because what the backstop is is ... a legally operable guarantee that we will never see a hard border emerge again," Varadkar told RTE radio. "If we don't have that, that is no deal."

 

How to manage the land border between EU-member Ireland and British-run Northern Ireland - including an emergency "backstop" solution to prevent the return of extensive frontier controls - has proven the most contentious element of Britain's planned exit from the European Union.

 

Varadkar again rejected a proposal for a time limit on the Northern Ireland clause, saying a backstop with a time limit is "not a backstop."

 

He said that Ireland remained open to the possibility of alternative arrangements that would allow an open border with Northern Ireland while protecting the European Union's single market - something Johnson has suggested may offer a solution.

 

But Varadkar said that would only be a possibility once the technologies required had been demonstrated to work effectively.

 

"What people are saying is give up the backstop, which we know will work legally and operationally in return for something that doesn't yet exist but might exist in the future ... I can't do that to the border communities," Varadkar said.

 

Varadkar said he was looking forward to sitting down with May's replacement, but said the next prime minister should not expect a better Brexit deal.

 

"The fact that the failure of the House Of Commons to ratify the withdrawal agreement somehow means they are going to get a better deal, that is just not how the European Union works," he said.

 

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Edmund Blair)

 

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and I thought that his name was Le O'Varadkar ...

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36 minutes ago, Phuketshrew said:

and I thought that his name was Le O'Varadkar ...

Perhaps it was him who rang Nick Ferrari? 

(Listen to the accent in the BJ thread 😎 )

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Ulic said:

What if the UK simply does not put in border controls. Ireland may put them in of course but that would be their decision. Those who don't want a hard border can take it up with them.

1) I thought this Brexit was to have control over your own borders and sovereignty in between. When you cannot even agree where your borders are... 

2) The value of an agreement with the UK: 20 years. ( Good Friday agreement ) and when the UK does nto see the value anymore... trash box. 

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30 minutes ago, billd766 said:

There will be a large percentage of the population who will be disappointed one way or the other.

Yes, but a mere ignorable 48,11 %, with the Brexit. And how many with the type of Brexit they get: Not the slightest idea.

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13 minutes ago, sawadee1947 said:

The most easy way to solve the problem with the backstop is to end the anachronism of having 2 Irish States. 

It's high time for a reunification! 

A good example how to do is Germany.

I guess if you ask the NI people if they want to stay in EU the overwhelming majority would cote for YES. 

Yes but the UK doesn't want Ireland as we took the best bits years ago.

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2 hours ago, wombat said:

leave first then make a deal

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Shock, horror!  Politicians lie!  How surprising!

 

Fortunately, there are still some politicians who are putting their country's interests first.  Nobody voted to be poorer in the referendum. 

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1 hour ago, Laughing Gravy said:

Yes but the UK doesn't want Ireland as we took the best bits years ago.

what 'best bits, there aren't any and we spent hundreds of lives to keep those supposed 'best bits'.  They should be gone, now. The Brexit is an ideal opportunity to rid the UK of the Irish Question once and for all. 

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