The Irish Government is prepared to help British prime minister Theresa May push her customs partnership proposal, but will not give an inch on last December’s backstop agreement. The British government has told Dublin about the proposals and the Government is likely to back Ms May at the summit. It came after Ms May’s Brexit ‘war cabinet’ met again on Tuesday without reaching agreement on which of the two options for customs arrangements on the Irish border, the “customs partnership” and “maximum facilitation” models, it will back. It will communicate our ambition for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, in the context of our vision for the UK’s future role in the world. He reportedly told Ms May that the customs partnership model she favours would be illegal under international law.
Source: Irish Examiner May 16, 2018 23:03 UTC