Irish Backstop unacceptable before and remains so now
Reports over the weekend have indicated that Arlene Foster and the DUP would be open to a ‘time-limited solution to the Irish backstop.’ This would mean that the DUP would be open to supporting a re-hashed withdrawal deal which allows for a ‘three to six years’ version of a backstop they previously considered unacceptable.
Commenting on this, UKIP 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.
“Varadkar’s words have 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."
Commenting further, Robert added:
“All sides previously said there’ll be no ‘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 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. The new Prime Minister should treat the ‘backstop’ trap with the contempt it deserves and put it to bed once and for all. If the EU won’t shake hands on a simple, mutually beneficial free-trade agreement - the UK (as one) must finally walk away from the failing EU completely on October 31st. Perhaps the Irish Republic will follow suit in due course.”