Britain Is Not Seeking Northern Ireland-Only Backstop: PM Johnson's Spokesman

Britain Is Not Seeking Northern Ireland-Only Backstop: PM Johnson's Spokesman

Mr Coveney said the negotiations are between the European Union and the UK.

Johnson will meet leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party, the Northern Irish party which supports his government, later on Tuesday to discuss Brexit.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said the solution to Brexit is contained in the backstop.

A Northern Ireland-only arrangement would mean an all-island regulatory alignment that would see Northern Ireland moving away from the rest of the UK.

Ms McDonald said Sinn Féin has always been an enthusiastic participant in power sharing, however, she said the party has run into immovable and ongoing roadblocks.

In a somewhat veiled threat to supporters of a hard Brexit, Varadkar warned Johnson that there was "no such thing as a clean break", insisting that such a scenario would lead to "severe disruption" for both British and Irish people.

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Ms McDonald said the money was bequeathed to Sinn Fein "within all of the rules and regulations and will be spent within the rules and regulations".

These included the British government failing to live up to commitments and a refusal by the DUP to be a partner in the enterprise.

Boris Johnson, is "not seeking a Northern Ireland-only backstop", said a spokesman for the prime minister.

Ms McDonald said it would be "inappropriate to comment" on whether Mr Hampton had mental health issues.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds exit 10 Downing Street, London following a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"That is why the Northern Ireland backstop is flawed", Foster said in a statement.

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