Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?
Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?

Esther O'Moore Donohoe

Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back
Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back

Holly O'Neill

Here’s how to maximise your annual leave in 2022
Here’s how to maximise your annual leave in 2022

Megan Burns

What’s coming to Netflix this November
What’s coming to Netflix this November

Lauren Heskin

The reality of being a single mother by choice: ‘I conceived my son with a sperm donor’
The reality of being a single mother by choice: ‘I conceived my son with a...

Amanda Cassidy

What you watch on TV says a LOT about your personality
What you watch on TV says a LOT about your personality

Amanda Cassidy

The most beautiful and inspiring 5k runs around Dublin
The most beautiful and inspiring 5k runs around Dublin

Megan Burns

Penn Badgley and Cardi B just won this week’s Most Unlikely Friendship Award
Penn Badgley and Cardi B just won this week’s Most Unlikely Friendship Award

Lauren Heskin

50 bricks and mortar Irish shops to support this Christmas
50 bricks and mortar Irish shops to support this Christmas

Eoin Higgins

Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning
Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Brexit: Irish government says Theresa May has ‘unrealistic expectations’ about backstop


by Jennifer McShane
05th Feb 2019
Brexit: Irish government says Theresa May has ‘unrealistic expectations’ about backstop

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said undoing any of the progress made in Northern Ireland in recent years would be “an absolute horror” and that her commitment to avoiding a hard border was “unshakeable.”

However, she said the backstop as currently worded could not win the support of the House of Commons.

Speaking in Belfast this afternoon as part of a two-day visit, May said she remains committed to the Good Friday Agreement and against a hard border returning between the North and the Republic of Ireland.

Related: MPs vote for ‘alternative arrangements’ to Irish backstop

May was speaking of the lengthy Brexit debate in the House of Commons last week which voted to back an amendment – known as ‘The Brady Amendment’ –  seeking to replace the Irish backstop with “alternative arrangements” to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

“I’m here today to affirm my commitment, and that of the UK Government, to all of the people of Northern Ireland, of every background and tradition,” she said.

“We are absolutely committed to there being no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.”

The amendment was put forward by Sir Graham Brady, who said if the motion was approved by Parliament as it was, it would give May “enormous firepower” to go back to Brussels and renegotiate the Brexit divorce deal.

‘The Brady Amendment’ seeks a redrafting of the plans for the backstop, with the plan also to seek an extension to the transition period – the time where the trade and other matters operate the same as it did prior to the UK leaving the EU – until 2021.

The Irish government welcomed May’s border comments but also said she had about “unrealistic expectations regarding what can be achieved” in relation to the backstop element of the draft Withdrawal Agreement.

“I want to work closely with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Irish government to strengthen the bilateral relationship we have built,” she said.

What happens next?

A new idea has been put forward by UK housing minister Kit Malthouse called ‘The Malthouse Compromise.’

These are a step towards finding the ‘alternative arrangements’ that were voted on last week.

The plan contains two choices to be offered to the EU: one for how the UK will leave with a deal, and one for how it will leave without. Plan A is similar to the current Withdrawal Agreement (with the implementation period extended until no later than December 2021), along with changes to the Irish backstop – which would be changed to become a “basic free trade agreement” which relies on existing administrative processes. Plan B assumes that agreement on the Withdrawal Agreement is not possible and creates a “transitional standstill period.”

Theresa May will now see if Brussels accept the proposal, which, according to reports, doesn’t look too likely.

Also Read

Brexit: Irish government says Theresa May has ‘unrealistic expectations’ about backstop
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy

Brexit: Irish government says Theresa May has ‘unrealistic expectations’ about backstop
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

Brexit: Irish government says Theresa May has ‘unrealistic expectations’ about backstop
premium EDITORIAL
Business Club members get your complimentary tickets to The IMAGE Business Summit 2021

Don’t miss this year’s IMAGE Business Summit, with an expert line-up, skills masterclasses, keynote addresses and more.Back by popular demand,...

By Shayna Sappington

Brexit: Irish government says Theresa May has ‘unrealistic expectations’ about backstop
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

Brexit: Irish government says Theresa May has ‘unrealistic expectations’ about backstop
EDITORIAL
Trinity Tales: ‘Front Square was her garden, and the city was her playground’

Annie Gatling, now Colleran, knew Trinity College was for her when she saw Front Gate from the top storey of...

By Amanda Cassidy

Brexit: Irish government says Theresa May has ‘unrealistic expectations’ about backstop
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost, but you need the right equipment, and a lot of...

By Amanda Kavanagh

Brexit: Irish government says Theresa May has ‘unrealistic expectations’ about backstop
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE