Brexit latest: Ireland tells Boris Johnson ‘the backstop is not up for negotiation’ ahead of PM’s meeting with Leo Varadkar

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Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar will not negotiate the controversial Brexit backstop in an upcoming meeting with Boris Johnson, his spokesman has said. 

The meeting Mr Johnson and Mr Varadkar, set for early September, will focus on the Brexit impasse.

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However, Dublin was keen to stress that changes to the withdrawal agreement and the contentious backstop would not be countenanced.

Mr Johnson has insisted a Brexit deal is only possible if the backstop is scrapped.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach said on Sunday: “As has repeatedly been made clear, the withdrawal agreement and the backstop are not up for negotiation.

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“Any discussions on changes to the political declaration would occur between the UK and the EU.”

The UK Government has said any new negotiations must focus on developing an alternative to the withdrawal agreement.Green MP rallies for female-led ’emergency cabinet’ to stop no deal 

EU leaders insist the deal cannot be reopened.

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However, they have said they will engage on potential amendments to the political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and the bloc.

Last week, Mr Varadkar said the invite to Mr Johnson to join him in Dublin for talks on Brexit and other issues had “no preconditions”.

The contentious backstop mechanism is an insurance policy written into the withdrawal treaty that will ensure, come what may in future trade talks, that the Irish border will remain free-flowing post-Brexit.

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The backstop is ‘not up for negotiation’, Ireland tells PM

Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar will not negotiate the controversial Brexit backstop in an upcoming meeting with Boris Johnson, his spokesman has said. The meeting Mr Johnson and Mr Varadkar, set for early September, will focus on the Brexit impasse. However, Dublin was keen to stress that changes to the withdrawal agreement and the contentious backstop would not be countenanced.

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