July 19, 2019 / 10:22 AM / a month ago

Merkel sees scope in political declaration for Irish backstop to be overwritten

BERLIN, July 19 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that if Brexit negotiations found a solution on the Irish border in the declaration on future ties between Britain and the European Union, the so-called backstop would effectively be overwritten.

The backstop, which is contested by leading British politicians who want it changed or scrapped, requires Britain to adopt some EU rules unless a future arrangement is found to keep open the land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

“The Withdrawal Agreement is the Withdrawal Agreement,” Merkel told a news conference.

“But the moment that a solution for the management of the border is found in (the declaration on) the future relationship - so for the European Union’s future ties to Britain - which basically squares the circle - on the one hand I have no physcial border but on the other hand the EU Single Market ends - that satisifies both questions, then the backstop will be overwritten so-to-speak.”

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Thomas Seythal Editing by Paul Carrel

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below