Johnson 'rejected NI-only backstop' in meeting - DUP

Cornelia Mascio
Сентября 11, 2019

"That's not something that any prime minister in the going to go along with", said Mrs.

Mr Coveney said the negotiations are between the European Union and the UK.

The Democratic Unionist Party has previously suggested a bridge linking Scotland and Northern Ireland would go a long way to breaking the Brexit deadlock, as it would negate the need for a border in the Irish Sea.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald.

Ms McDonald said a Northern Ireland backstop is not a Nationalist ask, but a necessary solution for the whole island, adding that Sinn Féin has always argued for a bespoke arrangement for Northern Ireland as part of the Brexit negotiations.

It's not the first time Johnson has suggested a bridge between Northern Ireland and the UK.

Ms McDonald said there "should be no veto in the protection of Irish interests".

Ms McDonald was speaking at her party's away-day meeting at the Carrickdale Hotel, Co Louth, close to the border with the North.

These included the British government failing to live up to commitments and a refusal by the DUP to be a partner in the enterprise.

Ms McDonald said it was "disappointing" but the party has taken stock and "re-grouped".

She accused the DUP of "recklessly" pursuing a Brexit that will damage peoples' livelihoods.

Mrs Foster also said that Boris Johnson has previously ruled out the option of having the backstop applying only to Northern Ireland.

She said that Brexit is the greatest threat and challenge faced by Ireland in a generation.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has criticised a Northern Ireland-only backstop as "anti-democratic and unconstitutional".

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