Ireland’s deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney demanded in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph that both the Labour Party and the Tories find a middle ground following the poor local election results for both parties. He said: “We need decisions because this absence of a decision, and the vacuum that it creates – for businesses, for politicians, and for many countries in Europe – is damaging for us all.” Mr Coveney also urged MPs to make a decision “this side of the Summer”.
The senior politician did not like the idea of having to renegotiate the Irish backstop if Theresa May is replaced by another Tory leader.
Last week, the former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab said he believed the Government should negotiate “more robustly” with Brussels.
The negotiations would include seeking changes to a backstop that Brexiteers argue will leave the UK trapped in the EU customs union with no independent trade policy.
Mr Coveney continued: “I often hear voices saying we need to be tougher with the EU, we need to negotiate more robustly and renegotiate the backstop – my answer to those people is ‘give us some detail’.
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“What are you proposing as an alternative to the backstop?”
The Irish government has mentioned before how they would prefer the UK to remain in a customs union with the EU.
The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said the customs union solution had “real merit”.
This week, reports have suggested Theresa May is on the cusp of cutting a deal with Labour which would see the UK remaining in a customs union with Europe.
Although the deal could potentially split the Tories as Brexiteers continue to search for an alternative solution for the Irish border.
However, Mr Coveney said assessments of the “alternative arrangements” had failed to deliver a reasonable model.
He said: “We need detail.
“They need to show they have a proposal which works, and I don’t believe anybody has a proposal that does the job of the backstop, which is about protecting peace on this island and the Good Friday Agreement, or Belfast Agreement.“