Varadkar must stand firm over border backstop, says Sinn Fein leader

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Ireland Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said today he is open to the idea of a review of any so-called Irish backstop arrangement, as long as Britain could not decide to kill off the temporary measure.

In a public message to Mr Varadkar, Ms McDonald warned the backstop "cannot be diluted".

British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tabled the proposal during a "robust" meeting with Tánaiste Simon Coveney last Tuesday.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier proposed then that a new customs arrangement would be set out in the legally binding withdrawal treaty itself, bending an EU "red line" under which he had previously insisted that the future EU-UK relationship on trade could only be outlined now, and negotiated after Brexit.

The hardline stance, which has stunned Irish officials, is poised to delay the Brexit divorce deal by at least another week.

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However, if Brexit does not go ahead, only 35 per cent said they would support a united Ireland outside of the UK while 52 per cent would vote for Northern Ireland to remain part of the UK, with 11 per cent unsure how they would vote and the rest would not take part in the ballot.

European Union diplomats told Reuters on Friday they doubted a deal could be completed in time for a tentatively scheduled summit on Nov 17-18, but that it could perhaps come a week later.

Mr Varadkar has also said it could be a few years before every house in Ireland has access to broadband. We want there to be an agreement.

'The Irish stance is still the same and clear to say that an emergency time-bound plan or one that could be unilaterally completed by the United Kingdom will never be agreed upon by the country or the European Union, ' said Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Twitter.

"If we can get a good deal, and that means removing all the frictions".

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The rapid pace of the negotiations requires the British government to adopt a "war cabinet" approach.

The EU agreed to a compromise on the backstop agreement to keep the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland last week, signalling they would accept keeping the whole of the United Kingdom in a customs union until both sides sign up to a deal that would prevent the need for a hard border.

She urged him to "show leadership" and not "leave behind" the people of Northern Ireland.

Negotiators are trying to find an emergency Irish border fix that would satisfy Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party and May's divided Conservative Party.

The talks could extend into December, but Theresa May would rather avoid this scenario as it would ensure that there would be no chance of securing the parliamentary vote over or before Christmas.

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