Tory party chaos may force government’s hand on border backstop

Tory party chaos may force government’s hand on border backstop
Roadside anti-Brexit posters on the border Picture: RollingNews

With the civil war raging between Theresa May and her party’s extreme Brexiteers, the Irish government may have to force a confrontation on the border issue at the EU summit next month

When the British government was negotiating the departure of Ireland from the British Empire, they had a formidable team featuring prime minister Lloyd George and future prime minister Winston Churchill.

But now the British civil servants negotiating the exit from the EU next March have to deal with the political weakness of prime minister Theresa May and disloyal outbursts from foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

It means the Irish government’s key aim of avoiding a hard...

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