Brexit: May to visit Northern Ireland tomorrow to stress her commitment to avoiding hard border – Politics live

Brexit: May to visit Northern Ireland tomorrow to stress her commitment to avoiding hard border – Politics live

Starmer says nobody realistically expects May to come up with alternative to backstop
And Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, has also said that attempts to find an alternative to the backstop will fail. Speaking on a visit to Northern Ireland, he said:

The prime minister and her team have spent over 12 months trying to find an alternative to the backstop.

We have only got the backstop because they couldn’t find an alternative.

So, for her to go back now saying ‘I don’t want the backstop, I want an alternative’ is to stand the last 12 months on its head.

And I think that’s what is causing the anxiety because nobody realistically thinks she’s going to succeed in that objective.

Starmer also said that Labour had “concerns” about the backstop, but that it accepted there had to be one.

Source 04.02.2019 https://www.theguardian.com

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