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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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A key part of the Brexit negotiations has been the border that separates Northern Ireland and the Republic Therefore the UK and EU agreed that whatever happens as a result of Brexit there should be no What does legal advice on the backstop say ? In March 2019 the EU and UK agreed a joint

Why is a backstop necessary? Both the UK and the EU are determined to avoid a hard border – physical infrastructure, officials, checks – between Northern Ireland and the republic after Brexit . Back in December, the UK agreed that in the absence of any other solution, Northern Ireland would

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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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. The backstop is a position of last resort, to maintain a seamless border on the island of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing

The controversial backstop , designed to eliminate the need for a hard border in Ireland , continues to be the major sticking point in the Brexit negotiations. If such an agreement couldn't be reached, then to avoid those checks and border posts or other infrastructure, the backstop would come into force.

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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The Irish border is at the heart of Brexit negotiations, as the UK and EU attempt to bash out a dealCredit The backstop plan is essentially a safety net if there is no Brexit trade deal. It would avoid a hard border This would also leave Northern Ireland in the EU's single market for goods

The UK has sought to make the backstop time limited, but Brussels argues this is impossible because the guarantees it offers are needed for as long as This has again been rejected by No 10, because it leaves the possibility open of customs divergence between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK .

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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Brexit is short for " British exit" - and is the word people use to talk about the United Kingdom 's decision The backstop is meant to be a last resort to keep an open border on the island of Ireland - whatever And others say Northern Ireland should not be treated separately from the rest of the UK .

The backstop provision says that as long as there is no long-term trade pact, Britain would remain in the European European leaders not only demanded the backstop , but they also insisted that it have no British lawmakers have rejected that out of hand because they say that it would create a virtual

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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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 Background to Brexit . But lots of UK politicians say that even the idea of the backstop should not be in her deal at all.

The border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is trouble-free these days. A hard Brexit would see the UK giving up access to the EU’s single market and exiting the customs union The Irish government and Irish opposition parties have consistently pushed London to commit to a

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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Ireland argues a backstop is necessary not just to ensure frictionless trade but to protect a fragile peace. Barnier has said the backstop has to be “all weather” not just a no-deal scenario but to preserve the status quo on the island in the unlikely, but possible, event of a future hostile government

The Irish government said the two leaders discussed "the latest Brexit developments" as well as the "ongoing political impasse in Northern Ireland ". British sources say the talks will include discussion of the legally-binding withdrawal agreement, the BBC's Brussels reporter Your guide to Brexit jargon.

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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