Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has warned that military troops could return to the border with the UK if London fails to finalize a deal on its withdrawal from the European Union.
Speaking to Bloomberg TV on Saturday, Varadkar said a hard border between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland could be reinstated after 20 years in the form of “people in uniform… possibly a police presence, or an army presence to back it up”.
He said that Ireland, an EU member, had been “victimized” by Britain’s struggle to leave the EU.
The comments come as British Prime Minister Theresa May has been desperately seeking an approval of her Brexit deal with the EU in the British parliament.
UK lawmakers are mostly opposed to a clause in the deal, known as the Irish backstop, which allows the EU to include Northern Ireland or the entire UK in its customs union in 2020.
The backstop has been described by both London and the EU as an…