Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said that neither Ireland nor the European Union would ever sign up to a backstop agreement to keep the Irish border open after Brexit that the United Kingdom could end unilaterally.
The EU and Britain are at odds over how to treat the border between Ireland, an EU state, and Northern Ireland, a UK province, after Brexit so that there will be no return to a hard border on the island.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has resisted the EU’s plan for including Northern Ireland in its customs union for a two-year transition period and beyond that until a permanent solution is found for trade.
With just five months until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, negotiators from the both sides have failed to iron out the terms of the so-called “backstop” insurance arrangement to keep open the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member state Ireland.
May’s Brexit Minister Dominic Raab…