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 …

Varadkar Told to ‘Dial Down the Rhetoric’ over Irish Border Comments

Democratic Unionist Party MP Gregory Campbell has said Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar must “dial down the rhetoric” after the Taoiseach claimed the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland may need an “army presence” in the result of a no-deal Brexit.

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar holds a press conference after the European Council on December 14, 2018, in Brussels. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)