August 23, 2019 / 2:20 PM / a month ago

Dutch PM Rutte: no easy alternative for Irish backstop

THE HAGUE, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday said he would be willing to listen to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s alternative plans for the Irish backstop, but said there is no easy solution. “Johnson feels he can come up with a solution in the coming weeks, we will see”, Rutte said.

“But it will be very difficult. If it were easy, we would have been able to find the solution in the past three years.” (Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg and Bart Meijer; Editing by Alison Williams)

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