Northern Ireland

May Refuses to Scrap Contentious Irish Backstop

Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out removing the Irish backstop from the Withdrawal Agreement, claiming the “insurance policy” prevents a “hard border.” Mrs May described her commitment to maintaining the Good Friday Agreement and avoiding a hard border as “unshakeable,”

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 05: British Prime Minister Theresa May makes a speech during a visit to Allstate Northern Ireland on February 5, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mrs May's speech will pledge to avoid a hard border in Ireland following Brexit. (Photo by Liam McBurney - WPA Pool/Getty …