EU executive says Brexit backstop only way to avoid hard border in Ireland

Tuesday, 2019-08-20 18:28:35
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The European Union executive said the backstop option was the only means identified by both London and the bloc to avoid a return to extensive border checks on the island of Ireland after Brexit.

On August 19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a letter to the bloc demanding that the EU drop the backstop from the divorce deal.

"The letter does not provide a legal operational solution to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland," European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud told a news briefing. "Our position on the backstop is well known... (It) is the only means identified so far by both parties to honour this commitment."