Leslie – New backstop proposal “would be laughable if it weren’t so serious”

The Government has published a new proposal for the so-called ‘backstop’ option for the Northern Ireland border, after a morning of tense talks between Theresa May and David Davis.

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“This would be laughable if it weren’t so serious. After weeks of the Government negotiating with itself, the fudged document they have produced doesn't engage with any of the key Brexit dilemmas and is highly unlikely to lead to anything but more gridlock in the ongoing talks with the EU.

“The new proposal suggests a time-limit, which has already been categorically rejected by the EU, and admits openly that it doesn't even bother dealing with regulatory standards, which means it wouldn't prevent a return to a hard border in Northern Ireland anyway.

“The Government’s shambolic approach to the Brexit talks, and Ministers' endless infighting, only serve to underline further why we need a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal.”



Notes to editors

The backstop proposal can be read in full here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-note-on-temporary-customs-arrangement?utm_source=2ee1e4f1-35e9-4abd-911e-a64bb2616a3e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate