EU’s Brexit Stonewall: EU refuses to accept tech solution to Irish backstop



Rebecca Perring | Daily Express

BRUSSELS bosses are digging their feet in over Britain’s plans to use technology to solve the Irish border backstop issue after Brexit.

The EU’s deputy chief Brexit negotiator, Sabine Weyand, quickly rejected Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay’s claims that “technology” could offer an alternative to the backstop provision on the Northern Ireland border. She posted on Twitter: ”Can technology solve the Irish border problem? Short answer: not in the next few years.” Britain is currently working to replace the Withdrawal Agreement’s controversial backstop with “alternative arrangements” to keep the Irish border open after Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will return to Brussels demanding changes to the controversial Irish border backstop proposal, which has remained to be the key sticking point for both the UK and EU throughout negotiations.

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