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IrelandBritish think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop

20:26  12 july  2019
20:26  12 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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should ' bribe or threaten ' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop . (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images). A British think tank founder has said the UK The backstop is a position of last resort, to maintain a seamless border on the island of Ireland in

Therefore the UK and EU agreed that whatever happens as a result of Brexit there should be no new physical checks or infrastructure at the frontier. But after Brexit , all that could change - the two parts of Ireland could be in different customs and regulatory regimes, which could mean It said it would see Northern Ireland treated differently and could threaten the union. Opposition to the backstop .

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking during a plenary meeting with members of the Government and representatives of almost 30 different Churches, Faith Communities and Non-Confessional Organisations at Dublin Castle. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)

A British think tank founder has said the UK should "bribe or threaten" the Republic of Ireland to drop its opposition to the border backstop.

Alan Mendoza, founder and executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, appeared on BBC's Politics Live today.

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © BBC Alan Mendoza, left, with the Mirror's Alison Phillips on BBC's Politics Live Turning to the subject of Brexit and the border backstop in Northern Ireland, he said: "One of the best things I've seen recently is the idea that you don't go to Brussels but you go instead to Dublin, and you literally do a deal with the Irish, whether you bribe them or threaten them, one way or the other, to get them in a position where they're the ones who drop the opposition to the backstop and that enables the Europeans to do so.

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Back to a Northern Ireland -only backstop ? Mr Johnson has also suggested the idea of an In other words, Northern Ireland would keep the same food and animal standards as the Republic of Ireland after Brexit . But some say the UK could go further and agree a Northern Ireland -only backstop .

British think tank founder says UK should ' bribe or threaten ' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop . The Conservative Prime Minister , David Cameron, pledged during the campaign for the 2015 The broad consensus among economists is that Brexit will likely

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier poses with Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay ahead of a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 9, 2019. Francois Walschaerts/Pool via REUTERS "I think the amazing thing about this is, three years in, we are still no closer to actually understanding the final possibilities than we were three years ago."

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (L) and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar meet on the sidelines of an European Council Summit at The Europa Building in Brussels, on June 20, 2019. (Photo by Olivier Matthys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MATTHYS/AFP/Getty Images) The Daily Mirror's Alison Phillips, sitting beside him, shook her head and widened her eyes in reaction to his first comment.

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United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (the British -Irish Agreement), as well as an agreement of the parties within Northern Ireland In October 2016, the Guardian reported that British proposals to avoid a hard border , by 'seeking to shift the frontline of [ British ] immigration controls to Ireland ’s

Brexit means Northern Ireland will leave the EU, bringing back the border . Violence could return along with it, especially if the border is reimposed suddenly. May agreed to the backstop to make sure that Northern Ireland remains in an arrangement with the EU akin to the single market until another trade

Dr Mendoza, who has a PhD in History, was lambasted on Twitter for the comment, with one user saying: "Eh? He should be sacked. How is this allowed? Ireland are our allies. They didn’t ask for Brexit."

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives to take part in a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2019. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via REUTERS Another said he was "drowning in his own ignorance".

One posted: "That whole 'Ireland is a sovereign state' thing seems to pass these think tank types by. As it does nearly all British politicians."

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 10 : President of the European Parliament David-Maria Sassoli (R) and EU Brexit European Commission's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier (L) shake hands as they pose for a photo during their meeting in Brussels, Belgium on July 10, 2019. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Posting afterwards on Twitter, Dr Mendoza thanked one user for "seeing through the hysteria" and added: "The 'threat' is not literal, but a reminder that a no deal Brexit will almost certainly lead to measures that will threaten the Irish economy such as a massive cut in UK Corporation Tax.

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The Northern Irish backstop is an agreement about what the UK and the European Union (EU) might do to manage the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland They don't want Northern Ireland to be treated any differently to the rest of the UK when it comes to Brexit , which is

Both the UK and EU signed up to the basic idea in December 2017 as part of the initial Brexit deal, and it was That would prevent the UK from doing its own free trade deals with nations outside the bloc. In addition, a unilateral statement from the UK set out the British position that, if the backstop was to

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar arrives for an European Council Summit at The Europa Building in Brussels, on June 30, 2019. - Deadlocked EU leaders meet for a rare weekend summit seeking to fill senior European positions and settle a battle that has split key allies France and Germany. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images) "Now, will that be good (or) bad for Ireland?"

A user then replied: "Hysteria is the word. It's brought the heavy mob out."

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images Conservative MP and leadership contender Boris Johnson tastes an ice cream as he campaigns in Barry Island, west of Cardiff in south Wales on July 6, 2019, ahead of a Conservative Party Hustings event. - Britain's leadership contest is taking the two contenders on a month-long nationwide tour where they will each attempt to reach out to grassroots Conservatives in their bid to become prime minister. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANK AUGSTEIN/AFP/Getty Images) Dr Mendoza said: "Ironic considering we also discussed on the show exactly how social media deadens discourse as its immediacy removes the filter of critical thought."

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Labour leader and party spokesman on foreign affairs, Brendan Howlin, told the Irish Mirror that he was shocked at Dr Mendoza’s "ignorant" comments.

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay attends a meeting with European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, Belgium, July 9, 2019. Francois Walschaerts/Pool via REUTERS “The comments by Mendoza are appallingly ignorant of the process we have been undertaking for the last three years.

“The suggestion is shocking and ignorant fantasy.”

British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images Conservative MP and leadership contender Jeremy Hunt gestures as he speaks while taking part in a Conservative Party Hustings event in Cardiff, south Wales, on July 6, 2019. - Britain's leadership contest is taking the two contenders on a month-long nationwide tour where they will each attempt to reach out to grassroots Conservatives in their bid to become prime minister. (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images) The Irish Mirror this evening asked Dr Mendoza whether he wanted to clarify his remarks, withdraw them, or apologise to the Irish people for his provocative comments.

He said: "A simple clarification - the 'threat' I was referring to was not a literal threat, but the reality that a No Deal Brexit would threaten the Irish economy as it would necessitate UK policy changes such as slashing the rate of Corporation Tax, which would obviously not be in Irish interests.

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British think tank founder says UK should 'bribe or threaten' Republic of Ireland to drop opposition to Brexit border backstop © Catalyst Images Conservative leadership contender Boris Johnson, reacts during his visit to JD Wetherspoon's Metropolitan Bar in London, on July 10, 2019. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images) "As a result, the Irish government would need to think very carefully about where its best interests lay, and whether it should seek to join with the UK in persuading fellow EU countries that there was a workable alternative to the backstop that would - crucially - now have Irish support.

"If that process was lubricated by promises of UK investment into Ireland (the 'bribe') then so much the better for both countries.

"What this would achieve is turning a divisive issue between us into one that could herald a stronger UK-Irish partnership."

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