BREAKING: A “very dangerous” suggestion is being made in Europe that the Irish backstop issue should be postponed or deferred, the leader of the @labour Party @BrendanHowlin has been told by colleagues across Europe. #Brexit pic.twitter.com/8o86bfLXDl
— Conor McMorrow (@ConorMcMorrow) October 16, 2018
“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.”
Labour leader Brendan Howlin speaking to journalists on the plinth at Leinster House.