Tuesday 23 July 2019

Varadkar turned Border into a bargaining chip, says DUP whip

Leo Varadkar (Brian Lawless/PA)
Leo Varadkar (Brian Lawless/PA)
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is driving the UK towards a no-deal Brexit by subcontracting the subject of the North to the EU, the DUP's chief whip has claimed.

In a stinging attack on the Irish Government, Jeffrey Donaldson said Mr Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney knew the Border was "sensitive" but rather than look for consensus they sought to turn it into "a bargaining chip which could be used by Brussels".

Mr Donaldson told the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin that the DUP did not want a hard Border but neither would it accept the backstop.

"The Irish Government sought a solution to Brexit which it must know does not have the support of Unionists - the so-called backstop.

"They abandoned the politics of consensus and instead now find themselves claiming to be a guarantor of the Belfast Agreement, whilst being at loggerheads with Westminster and unionism," he said, adding that "megaphone diplomacy" had taken over.

Irish Independent

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