Tuesday, February 5, 2019
To avoid a chaotic Brexit, British Prime Minister May travels to Brussels in a few days. However, agreement must be reached on the "backstop". Despite the necessary changes, Northern Ireland still promises open borders.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has emphasized that she is committed to an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. "Northern Ireland does not have to rely on the Irish government or the European Union to prevent a return to the past," said May in a speech in Belfast's Northern Irish capital. "The British government will not allow that, I will not let it happen," May added.
Changes in the guarantee for an open limit in the withdrawal contract, the so-called backstop, but still necessary. The agreement could only be submitted through Parliament if legally binding changes were made, said the Prime Minister.
May had negotiated a comprehensive exit agreement with the EU, which did not find a majority in the British parliament in mid-January. The biggest problem is the resistance of the British MP against the backstop.
Under time pressure before the Brexit date of March 29, she now wants to force changes in Brussels to bring about the ratification of the treaty in London and to prevent a chaotic break. On Wednesday, May intends to meet with representatives of various parties in Northern Ireland before speaking in Brussels with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on Thursday.