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The EU responds to Johnson that eliminating the emergency plan for Ireland means returning to a border

August 20, 2019


The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the European Commission on Tuesday warned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the emergency plan for the island of Ireland ('backstop' in community jargon) is the only way to avoid a 'hard' border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“The 'backstop' is insurance to avoid a hard border on the border of the island of Ireland as long as and until no alternative is found. Those who are against the 'backstop' and who do not propose realistic alternatives do in fact support restoring a border. Even if they don't admit it, “the Polish wrote on Twitter.

The Community Executive, for its part, reacted just after the president of the European Council launched this message in response to the letter sent by the British Prime Minister, in which he criticized the emergency solution for Ireland for being “undemocratic and inconsistent “with the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.

“We take note of the letter from Prime Minister Johnson. The president of the European Council has tweeted an initial reaction that we share,” said European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud.

Brussels has celebrated London's “continued commitment” to achieve an “orderly” exit from the community bloc, but at the same time has criticized that the letter “does not include a legal and operational solution to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland”.

“It does not establish what other alternative solutions could be. In fact, it recognizes that there is no guarantee that these solutions will not be prepared by the end of the transition period,” said the community spokeswoman.