‘I Think That’s Very Dangerous For Us’


Talking to colleagues across Europe, I now hear for the first time that there is actually suggestions being made that the Irish backstop issue should be postponed. I think that’s very dangerous for us and it’s something that we have to resist.

“But it was highly predictable. I think there is still solidarity from all the discussions I’ve had certainly from social democratic colleagues in relation to this matter but I’ve no doubt that that will become a focal point over the next number of days.

“So there has to be a very clear determination set out by the Irish Government that the backstop issue, and that is a permanent backstop – the whole idea of a backstop being a temporary measure is bizarre, even as a suggestion.

“And that that matter should be put to bed so there can be no discussions on any long-term arrangements with the United Kingdom until that matter is determined in accordance with the agreement that is set out by both the European Union and the UK authorities last December.”

This afternoon.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin speaking to journalists on the plinth at Leinster House.

Howlin: Europe is ‘considering’ postponing Brexit backstop (RTE)

DUP threat over Brexit backstop deal (BBC)

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9 thoughts on “‘I Think That’s Very Dangerous For Us’

  1. giggidygoo

    Howliin is basically saying what has been said non stop here for months. Finger on the pulse eh?
    There was not, neither is there an Irish Backstop. Short term media ‘gain’ soundbites by Varadkar and Simon ‘legal text’ Coveney. Even a podium hired, un-hired and hired again to announce a plethora of lies.
    Boys thinking they can do men’s jobs. Selling out this country, following in the footsteps of Enda ‘Ireland went mad spending’ Kenny.

    1. ReproButina

      If there’s no backstop then what did the teaboy sign up to last December and then urge the British government to ignore?

        1. ReproButina

          Perhaps you could ask the teaboy’s father about racial slurs. It was only yesterday that he said that, border or no border, the Irish would shoot each other.

    2. MaryLou's ArmaLite

      I’ve a feeling one of Howlin’s comrades may have been using him to spread false rumours. A gullible patsy will believe what they want to believe.

  2. Otis Blue

    “Talking to colleagues across Europe…”

    Given how the social democratic model is being hammered across Europe, that won’t have taken long.

    Does anyone actually take Howlin seriously?

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