Britain is not seeking N. Ireland-only backstop - PM Johnson's spokesman

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 11, 2019

The Daily Telegraph reports leader Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds were "receptive" to the idea although they stressed there could be no divergence in tariffs between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

"But the Prime Minister has rejected the backstop publicly and privately", he added. "That is why the Northern Ireland backstop is flawed", Foster said in a statement.

"The Prime Minister has already ruled out a Northern Ireland-only backstop because it would be anti-democratic, unconstitutional and would mean our core industries would be subject to European Union rules without any means of changing them".

Speaking at a joint press conference in Dublin on Monday with Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar, Johnson ostensibly reined in his usual cavalier "do or die" rhetoric on Brexit.

"History teaches us that any deal relating to Northern Ireland which can not command cross community support is doomed to failure", Mrs Foster said.

People born in Northern Ireland remain British citizens according to the law even if they identify as Irish, a court has heard.

. Not one single unionist MLA in the Northern Ireland Assembly supports it.

"To secure a sensible deal which respects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom will require pragmatic discussions on all sides".

Mr McGlennan said the 1998 Northern Ireland Act includes sections from both documents, but does not include the provisions around identifying as British, Irish or both, and therefore the 1981 Act stood.

"The Prime Minister is 100% committed to getting a deal which works for the United Kingdom - and all of the United Kingdom - and abolishes the anti-democratic backstop", he added.

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