DUBLIN (Reuters) - Britain’s proposal that a so-called “all-UK” backstop provide an insurance mechanism to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland falls short of EU demands but could form part of a solution, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.
“The UK are proposing that for a temporary period they would sort of stay in the customs union and that falls short,” Varadkar told a government event to prepare businesses for the impact of Brexit.
“I don’t think it’s a non-runner, I think it’s something that we can consider, something we’re listening to. It might be part of the solution but I don’t see it as an alternative to the (Northern Ireland-only) backstop and it would have to be on the basis that there would be a level playing field (between Britain and the EU).”
Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy