Blow for May as Ireland stresses it will not yield on Brexit backstop

Simon Coveney says situation is a result of UK red lines, as MPs prepare for key debate

Ireland has launched a last-minute attempt to warn Theresa May off any attempt to unravel the backstop, two days before a crucial Commons debate that may decide the next move for the UK’s rudderless Brexit policy.

Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister and deputy prime minister, insisted the backstop was “part of a balanced package that isn’t going to change” and, in a forceful interview, insisted it was only part of the withdrawal agreement because of the UK’s red lines.

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Source: theguardian