EU sticks to 'all weather' track on backstop

EU sticks to 'all weather' track on backstop
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab asked for right to pull out of backstop deal. Pic: Getty

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

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.

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