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According to both sources, there will be one backstop to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

The backstop will come in the form of a temporary UK-wide customs arrangement, with specific provisions for Northern Ireland, which go deeper on the issue of customs and alignment on the rules of the single market than for the rest of the UK

…..RTÉ News understands that while the main backstop focuses on a UK-wide customs arrangement, there will be specific provisions within the text and within annexes for Northern Ireland, should the UK-wide arrangement not prove sufficient to avoid a hard border.

Exclusive: EU and UK negotiators agree text for Irish border (RTÉ)


Uh oh.

Nat writes:

Trolling level: Brexiteer…


Ah here.

Autumn 2018 Economic Forecast (European Commission)

This morning.

[Minister for Justice] Charlie Flanagan tweetz:

Perusing the barely visible border between Ireland & Northern Ireland en route to Cross Border Crime conference in Newcastle [County Down]. Essential that no hard border returns on Brexit…

Spokeperson on Finance Pearse Doherty (left) with Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald speaking to the media on the plinth of Leinister House on the Brexit Crisis this afternoon

This afternoon.

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, Leo Varadkar said he was open to considering the idea of review clause and added that there has to be creative solutions and creative language sometimes to get an agreement.

…Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald accused the Taoiseach of shifting the Government’s position at the most sensitive time in the negotiations.

“I think your announcement yesterday was a cock up plain and simple,” she said.

The Taoiseach said it was a good thing that Ms McDonald was not handling the negotiations because she was too “bullying” and would turn this country’s friends into enemies within months….

Taoiseach rules out exit clause on backstop (RTÉ)

Earlier: Penny For Your Thoughts



Brexit: Labour rules out voting for deal keeping UK in customs union temporarily – Politics live (Guardian)

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

Ah here.

Thanks Dhod

A statement (above) released by DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson (top) this morning.

It follows Taoiseach Leo Varadkar producing a 1972 copy of the Irish Times which included a picture of an IRA bomb attack on the Newry Customs Office, at a dinner with EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday.

Nine people died and six people were injured in the attack on August 22.

Sammy Wilson hits out at ‘vile Varadkar’ over ‘despicable, low and rotten’ border violence claim (Belfast Telegraph)

Pics: News Letter and Sam McBride

Previously: Eagle Droppings


Scenes from the meeting between UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Brussels, Belgium last night

Leo Varadkar and EU chiefs have given Theresa May two more months to come up with a Brexit solution or face getting turfed out of Europe with no deal.

This would be disastrous for both Ireland and the UK and would almost certainly see the return of a hard border between North and South.

However, the 27 remaining EU heads of State on Wednesday were supportive of Ms May in her efforts.

Ms May will have to come forward with fresh proposals at the next summit in mid-December outlining the British position ahead of formal Brexit in March.

Leo Varadkar and EU chiefs give Theresa May two more months to come up with Brexit solution (irish Mirrror)


…the Prime Minister acknowledges the European Union’s backstop drafted in the December withdrawal agreement can not feature an end date.

Senior EU officials revealed Mrs May made the admission to Leo Varadkar before briefing the remaining EU leaders on her latest Brexit strategy.

Mr Varadkar insisted a “legally operative backstop” that would come into effect immediately after the transition period must still be included in the withdrawal agreement in order for it to be acceptable to Ireland.

This has remained a Brussels demand as the bloc’s leaders seek assurances Brexit will not create a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Mr Varadkar did, however, move to offer the Prime Minister an opportunity to make the backstop more palatable in Westminster by using creative wording.

“There can’t be a time-limit to it,” said one official. “But we can try to find a wording to show it’ll never be used.”


REVEALED: What May told Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that will ENRAGE Britons at home (Express)

Pics: GIS