Ireland will not back down on Brexit backstop, says deputy PM


It was the UK that insisted
on a review mechanism for the backstop so that it
could be changed or removed if everybody agreed to that. And the very need
for the backstop in the first place was because
of British red lines that they wanted to leave the customs union
and single market as well as the European Union. So, the Irish position is, look,
we have already agreed to a series of compromises here
and that has resulted in what is proposed in
the withdrawal agreement. Ireland has the same position
as the European Union now, I think, when we say that
the backstop, as part of a withdrawal agreement, is part of
a balanced package that isn’t going to change.

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