EU sticks to 'all weather' track on backstop

Such is the fragile state of affairs that British Prime Minister Theresa May called Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the phone yesterday to talk about a 'review mechanism' for the backstop

6th November, 2018
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab asked for right to pull out of backstop deal. Pic: Getty

The well-worn phrase from EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier is that the Northern Ireland backstop needs to be "all weather". In other words, the guarantee from the British government has to be a permanent one that will last - rain, hail or shine.

But with just five months to go until Britain leaves the EU, the British government is still struggling to come up with a solution that it can live with. The...

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