Irish PM refuses to back down over the backstop ahead of talks with Boris Johnson

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Leo Varadker will refuse to back down over the Irish backstop when he meets Boris Johnson, the Irish Government has indicated.

Irish sources said their Prime Minister would make clear that the backstop is not up for renegotiation at their planned meeting early next month.

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The move could scupper the talks even before they take place as Mr Johnson has insisted the backstop is “undemocratic” and that its removal is a pre-condition for any talks with Brussels.

The talks between the two leaders are due to focus on the Brexit impasse and Northern Ireland issues but Dublin is keen to stress that changes to the Withdrawal Agreement would not be countenanced.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach said on Sunday:…

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Irish PM refuses to back down over the backstop ahead of talks with Boris Johnson

Leo Varadker will refuse to back down over the Irish backstop when he meets Boris Johnson, the Irish Government has indicated. Irish sources said their Prime Minister would make clear that the backstop is not up for renegotiation at their planned meeting early next month.

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