A Brexit backstop fudge is on the cards

The challenge now is to tweak the withdrawal deal in some way that makes it more palatable to MPs while leaving the backstop in place

11th December, 2018
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Theresa May arrives at Downing Street after Commons statement. Pic: Getty

British Prime Minister Theresa May has now put the vote on the draft withdrawal treaty back to an unspecified date.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the government are in a tricky position. They have put so much emphasis – rightly – on getting a backstop that any move to water it down would be seen as as a diplomatic defeat. Already Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin and other parties are warning that there can be...

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