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#backstop

# backstop - Friday 25 October, 2019

Foster blames Varadkar for 'setting precedent' with comments that could stoke loyalist violence

Foster told PA that some loyalists were contemplating violent resistance to any Brexit deal.

# backstop - Friday 18 October, 2019

'Too soon to celebrate': On the border, people give Brexit deal cautious welcome

Residents living in frontier towns along the Irish border say they are hoping for “clarity” going forward.

# backstop - Thursday 17 October, 2019

Explainer: Where has the Northern Ireland backstop gone?

After almost two years of back-and-forth, a new Brexit withdrawal deal was agreed today.

'The backstop has been replaced': Varadkar hails agreement between EU and UK

The new agreement will now need to be approved by the House of Commons.

# backstop - Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Varadkar says Johnson told him he's confident of getting MPs to back Brexit deal

Speculation is mounting that a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations is imminent.

# backstop - Sunday 13 October, 2019

Timeline: How the DUP went from 'blood red lines' to a Brexit compromise

The DUP position changed dramatically when Boris Johnson published his Brexit plan.

# backstop - Tuesday 8 October, 2019

Cameron says Johnson must 'compromise more' if he wants to avoid no-deal Brexit

“Boris is compromising and I suspect may have to move a bit more. And the EU should compromise too.”

# backstop - Saturday 5 October, 2019

We have some sort of UK proposals for the Irish border - so now what?

In short: your guess is as good as ours.

# backstop - Friday 4 October, 2019

Coveney says he doesn't want a quarrel with the DUP, but says the minority can't have a veto

Simon Coveney has said the UK’s Brexit proposals contain ‘significant problems’.

Johnson in new court showdown as Europe brands Brexit plans ‘unconvincing’

Scotland’s highest civil court will hear two cases in the space of five days that could compel Boris Johnson to extend Brexit negotiations.

# backstop - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Johnson preparing for 'intensive discussions' in bid to get Brexit deal over the line

So far, European leaders have reacted coolly to his plan.

# backstop - Wednesday 2 October, 2019

What are the possible sticking points in Boris Johnson's backstop alternative?

Leo Varadkar, who spoke with Boris Johnson this evening, said the plans do not fully meet “the agreed objectives of the backstop”.

Boris Johnson publishes his alternative to the backstop

In a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Johnson said the backstop was “a bridge to nowhere”.

Explainer: Another day, another set of backstop proposals - but what do they mean?

Boris Johnson said the UK’s proposals were “good and creative”, “very constructive and far-reaching”.

# backstop - Tuesday 1 October, 2019

'Northern Ireland and Ireland deserve better': Coveney rejects UK proposals for border customs posts

The Tánaiste described the so-called “non-paper” as a “non-starter”.

# backstop - Sunday 29 September, 2019

Why Brexiteers see the backstop as a 'non-story', 'irrelevant' and an EU trick

The Irish government’s refusal to outline what a hard border would look like in a no-deal Brexit has caused confusion among Brexiteers.

# backstop - Friday 27 September, 2019

Coveney warns that 'time is running out' after Brexit meeting with Barnier

The meeting took place against the backdrop of a chaotic week in UK politics.

# backstop - Monday 23 September, 2019

Chair of Brexit Party says Varadkar 'hijacked' the backstop issue, and that Irish border trade is 'irrelevant'

Richard Tice, an MEP for the East of England, also explained trade across the Northern Irish border by comparing it to a jar of Smarties.

# backstop - Sunday 22 September, 2019

Will no-deal Brexit mean border checks in Ireland? Juncker's answer is simple: Yes

“The British have to tell us exactly the architectural nature of this border,” the European Commission president told Sky News, “I don’t like it, a hard border.”

# backstop - Saturday 21 September, 2019

At the Brexit Party's Wales rally, Nigel Farage targets Labour and the backstop - but thinks Juncker is rather fun

In what was an electoral stronghold for the Labour Party, Nigel Farage’s Brexit movement is gathering momentum.

# backstop - Thursday 19 September, 2019

Juncker says EU open to dropping backstop if ‘all objectives are met’ by UK

Juncker said he had a “rather positive” meeting with Johnson in Luxembourg on Monday.

# backstop - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Arlene Foster suggests she is open to special arrangements for North as part of Brexit deal

The DUP leader made the suggestion to journalists in Dublin this evening.

# backstop - Monday 16 September, 2019

Boris Johnson pulls out of Luxembourg press conference as he's booed and jeered

A Downing Street spokesperson has also confirmed that EU and UK talks will soon take place daily.

# backstop - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

Northern Ireland-only backstop ruled out by Boris Johnson, says DUP

The party met with the UK prime minister today.

# backstop - Monday 9 September, 2019

As it happened: Boris Johnson faces parliament opposition ahead of prorogation

It’s another busy night of Brexit. Follow here for the latest updates.

# backstop - Friday 6 September, 2019

Varadkar 'doesn't expect any breakthroughs' in meeting with Johnson on Monday

The two leaders have very different views on Brexit.

# backstop - Wednesday 4 September, 2019

# backstop - Monday 2 September, 2019

'Volatile and dynamic': Varadkar says Ireland will be keeping a close eye on the House of Commons this week

Two dates for a potential meeting with Boris Johnson next week are being considered.

# backstop - Sunday 1 September, 2019

MPs to propose law to stop no-deal Brexit - Gove won't rule out ignoring it if it passes

Opposition MP Sir Keir Starmer said Gove’s comments were “breathtaking”.

# backstop - Friday 30 August, 2019

Tánaiste urges British government to propose alternatives to backstop 'as quickly as possible'

Boris Johnson has vowed to ‘up the tempo’ on talks to remove the backstop ahead of Brexit.

# backstop - Saturday 24 August, 2019

Johnson and Tusk trade 'Mr No Deal' jibes as G7 summit kicks off

Johnson has said the European Union must drop its insistence on the Irish backstop to avoid a “no-deal” Brexit.

# backstop - Thursday 22 August, 2019

Explainer: The British press has seized on Merkel's '30 days' remark - but what did she mean by it?

Reports of Merkel’s ’30-day Brexit deadline’ dominate the UK front pages.

'All eyes on how Ireland is being treated': Country now in eye of storm, Coveney says

Coveney said the UK backstop alternatives will ‘badly hit’ Ireland and its economy.

# backstop - Wednesday 21 August, 2019

Boris Johnson tells Angela Merkel: 'We do need the Brexit backstop removed'

Johnson will seek to convince the German Chancellor to renegotiate elements of the Brexit deal.

# backstop - Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Simon Coveney conveys 'disappointment' with Boris Johnson's four-page letter on Brexit

Donald Tusk has re-iterated the EU’s commitment to the backstop.

# backstop - Wednesday 14 August, 2019

No-deal Brexit could turn UK into 'a diminished and inward-looking little England', warns Hammond

He said that claims a no-deal Brexit would be positive were “absurd”, and called Johnson’s pledge to bin the backstop “wrecking”.

# backstop - Thursday 8 August, 2019

The Explainer: What is the Irish backstop?

This week on The Explainer podcast, we look at the backstop, and why it is such a major issue for Brexit.

# backstop - Wednesday 7 August, 2019

Donohoe says 'cliff-edge' Brexit can be avoided but no-deal risk is growing

The finance minister said British chancellor Sajid Javid is “absolutely committed” to Britain leaving the EU by 31 October.

# backstop - Friday 2 August, 2019

'Panic' and 'security gaps': Internal British document warns about impact of no-deal Brexit

Britain leaving the EU without a deal seems increasingly likely.

Cast-iron and vital, or an anti-democratic bureaucracy: what is the Irish backstop?

Should it be for a limited period of time or not? Should it apply to the UK as a whole, or just Northern Ireland?

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