In a development that will seriously worry officials in Dublin, Poland’s foreign minister warned that Ireland has the most to lose from a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario. Jacek Czaputowicz said the UK and Ireland were playing a “game of chicken” over the border that would end with a “frontal collision” unless a compromise was made. He said a temporary backstop, like the one being sought in the UK, would be better for Ireland than no deal which would inevitably result in a hard border. However, Irish officials were pointing to comments from the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier who said the existing Withdrawal Agreement is the best deal possible for the UK. After a meeting in Brussels with Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Mr Barnier also dismissed UK proposals for a bilateral relationship between Ireland and the UK. “We are working as 27. As a single team,” he said. However, that comment was undermined by Mr Czaputowicz in an interview with a Polish newspaper. He said: “If Ireland appealed to the EU to change the agreement on the backstop in the agreement with the British so that it would apply temporarily, let’s say five years, the matter would be solved. “Of course,… Read full this story
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