EU caught out over backstop trap and No Deal

The European Union have been caught out on the hated EU backstop trap. Oh dear.

Things have began to unravel, with the EU’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier letting the cat out of the bag. He said that when it comes to the Irish border if there’s a No Deal: “We will have to find an operational way of carrying out checks and controls without putting in place a border.”

The Irish government have made clear themselves that: “We will not accept a hard border on this island and therefore we are not planning for one.”

In comments elsewhere Barnier also said: “My team have worked hard to study how controls can be made paperless or decentralised.”

The Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent has since followed up these comments and put them directly to the European Commission’s Chief Spokesman Margaritis Schinas.

James Crisp first asked: “If all of this is possible, why do we need the backstop?”

He then followed up: “If there are ways to avoid a hard border in a No Deal scenario which Mr. Barnier suggested, why do we need the backstop?”

The response from the EU Commission? “You can write whatever you like.” Pathetic.

As James Crisp notes this entire episode throws into question why we need a backstop, something the EU insist is absolutely essential, in any deal at all if there are other solutions available.

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In our view, because the backstop has been designed as a £39 billion trap. It must be chucked.