Irish Backstop unacceptable before and remains so now.
Reports in Northern Ireland continue to suggest that Arlene Foster and the DUP would still be open to some form of ‘time-limited solution’ to the Irish backstop. This would mean that the DUP would be open to supporting a re-hashed version of the previous withdrawal deal which allows for a ‘three to six years’ version of a backstop they previously considered unacceptable.
Commenting on this, UKIP’s Spokesman for Northern Ireland, Robert Hill said:
“This revelation will shock many of the 350,000 leave voters across Northern Ireland. Nobody who uses the labels ‘Unionist’ or ‘Brexiteer’ could ever have supported Mrs May’s surrender deal earlier this year. Equally, nobody who wishes to maintain the integrity of the Union could knowingly accept any solution which puts new economic barriers or regulations between parts of this nation. It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘time-limited’ to one day, six months or five years. What was unacceptable in March remains unacceptable today in August.
“Varadkar’s words have continually made it clear throughout that this experiment was not only an attempt by the EU to keep the UK as a whole wedded to some of its regulations – it has also been a brazen effort to try and break up the United Kingdom by stealth.”
“All sides previously said there’ll be no so-called ‘hard border’ – and technology exists for secure checks away from the border. We already have a common-travel area and the Irish Government under Enda Kenny, the EU and Her Majesty’s Government have indicated that preparations are being made for a ‘no-deal exit’. The ‘backstop’ is nothing but a political tool that has now run out of road.
“UKIP’s position hasn’t changed. It’s clear again that only this party is prepared to stand up for a true Exit and stand up for the integrity of the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson should treat the ‘backstop’ trap with the contempt it deserves and put it to bed once and for all. Equally – he should bin the previous withdrawal deal altogether. There is a lot more wrong with it than simply the backstop. We wouldn’t be dictating our own future. EU regulation would still largely apply. If the EU won’t shake hands on a simple, free-trade agreement – the UK (as one) must walk away from the EU completely on October 31st. Perhaps the Irish Republic will follow suit in due course.”