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UK-Ireland Struggle Mounts over Post-Brexit Borderline



The deal that was supposed to be reached between United Kingdom and Ireland is reportedly breached by the first side. According to Irish Taoiseach, the United Kingdom has gone back on the deal.

Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s leader, said that the two countries were in compliance on Brexit terms. He, however, expressed that he was “surprised and disappointed” of the setbacks in next steps. On Monday, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, told public broadcaster RTE that they hope to release a “positive statement” to the Irish people.

We hope to be in place in just over an hour’s time that the Taoiseach will be able to make a positive statement to the country. Certainly, the indications we have is that we are in a much better place than we have been in Brexit negotiations to date.

The British PM Theresa May seems to have reneged on the agreement since Coveney’s words. The agreement which had been supposedly reached determined the borderline with Ireland in post-Brexit era.

Following the government meeting this morning, the Irish negotiating team received confirmation from the British government and the Barnier task force that the United Kingdom had agreed a text on the border that met our concerns,Varadkar said.

I am surprised and disappointed that the British Government now appears not to be in a position to conclude what was agreed earlier today. I accept that the Prime Minister has asked for more time, and I know that she faces many challenges, and I acknowledge that she is negotiating in good faith, but my position and that of the Irish government is unequivocal, and it’s supported by all of the parties in Dáil Éireann, and I believe the majority of people on these islands.

Reports indicate that PM May means to set back about Ireland’s requests in the coming weeks. This is supposed to be the reason behind the backlash by Unionists who held an emergency press conference. Leaks about the direct talk between Democratic Unionist Party leaders and Ms. May also confirms the news.