October 9, 2019 / 11:03 AM / 11 days ago

EU's Oettinger rejects time limit to backstop, veto by Northern Ireland

FILE PHOTO: European Union Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger holds a news conference to present the EU executive's final proposal for the bloc's next long-term budget, in Brussels, Belgium, May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The backstop in Ireland cannot be subject to a time limit or be at risk of being vetoed by a third party, which Northern Ireland would be from the EU’s point of view after Brexit, the bloc’s top budget Commissioner Guenter Oettinger said.

Reporting by Marine Strauss, Gabriela Baczynska; editing by John Stonestreet

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