Mind the gap between the Brexit ‘backstop’ and our national interest

The EU is not prioritising the border for Ireland’s benefit. It is using the country to play a high-stakes game of bluff

6th May, 2018

EU negotiator Michel Barnier was crystal clear in his address to the conference on Brexit in Dundalk last Monday: “The backstop is needed in order to respect the integrity of the single market and the EU’s customs union.”

Some of our politicians had thought the so-called ‘backstop’ was there to simply preserve the gains of the Good Friday Agreement. However, the EU has been entirely consistent on this matter. From the...

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