Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Varadkar threatens to block United Kingdom planes from Irish airspace

Varadkar threatens to block United Kingdom planes from Irish airspace

Mrs Foster, whose 10 MPs prop up the Prime Minister's minority government at Westminster, had extended an invite to Mrs May to visit her Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency on what will be a two-day schedule of events in Northern Ireland.

Mr Coveney said on Twitter: "If UK Govt don't support current European Union wording on Backstop in draft Withdrawal Agreement, then obligation is on them to propose a viable and legally operable alternative wording that delivers same result: no border infrastructure".

It urged the remaining 27 member states to prepare for a chaotic Brexit, noting that customs arrangements, airline agreements and arrangements for financial transactions could end suddenly without any new plans being put in place.

Theresa May arrived in Northern Ireland on Thursday afternoon for a trip to a border town in County Fermanagh, hosted by Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist party leader.

The Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) this week accused the United Kingdom of attempting to "have its cake and eat it" by plowing towards a no deal Brexit.

The sticking point in the EU-UK negotiations, so far, has been around the proposed customs backstop - an arrangement that will apply to the Irish border after Brexit, if a wider deal or technological solution can not keep it as frictionless as it is now. But to evolve their position in kind.

The UK and European Union have both agreed that there should be no hard border in Ireland after Brexit, but are at odds on how to achieve it.

Mrs May is also likely to reiterate that it is the government's duty to ensure that the outcome of Brexit works for the whole United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland.

"This issue arises because of a decision we have taken", she said.

Gardai at Derrynane House
The cabinet met at Derrynane House

Our job is not to deal with Brexit in theory, but to make a success of it in practice for all of our people.

"And, on that basis, I look forward to resuming constructive discussions".

"We've only got 12 weeks really left to nail down the details of the agreement", he added.

A brighter future for Northern Ireland - where we restore devolution and come together again as a community to serve the interests of the people.

What this deal does is it says to them, "right, now we can have a free trading area where there won't be the need for border checks and controls".

At the Irish border, business leaders have expressed concern that any division, even as a result of a soft Brexit, would have consequences.

"Guarantees were given in the Joint Report between the British Government and the European Union in December that there would be no diminution of rights as a result of Brexit, on the rights of people resident here and that the Good Friday Agreement would be protected".

May has proposed instead that any backstop should apply to the whole of the UK.

Mr Varadkar said: "We've done a lot of preparations already, the public finances are in good order, I know some people are telling me we shouldn't set up a rainy day fund and that we shouldn't go about balancing the books, but if we do run into trouble over the next couple of years, it will be because of Brexit".

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