Donald Tusk, president of the European Council with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin last March
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.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) August 20, 2019
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UK government source hits back at Tusk and Commission
“If the Commission only wants to offer the same failed backstop that will not pass then they are essentially choosing to risk either a hard border in NI or a border in the Irish Sea. That is not what anyone wants.”
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) August 20, 2019