After yesterday’s hour-long phone call in which Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar, the Irish premier, clashed over the backstop, the PM wrote to the EU about the UK’s exit.
He writes that the backstop is “anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK” because it locks Britain into an international treaty without the ability to exit it unilaterally, and risks “weakening the delicate balance embodied in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement” and says, “The backstop cannot form part of an agreed Withdrawal Agreement. That is a fact that we must both acknowledge.” He proposes replacing the backstop with “flexible and creative” arrangements to manage a soft border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.
Any independence of mind is still out of the frame for the Irish PM. So last night Boris tore up the Northern Irish backstop!
Tomorrow he heads to Berlin for dinner with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, before luncheon on Thursday in Paris with Emmanuel Macron, the French president, to persuade them both to agree that the EU should remove the backstop.
However, the latest news is that Donald Tusk accuses the PM of trying to impose a hard border in Northern Ireland. The President of the European Council tweeted that the backstop “is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found…Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”
Perhaps the Lord’s way of dealing with this will be to collapse the EU, as promised?
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