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Brexit talks reached an impasse after Parliament rejected demands to accept the withdrawal agreement due to opposition to the backstop terms and Brussels' refusal to reopen negotiations. But foreign policy expert Alan Mendoza suggested the British Government could remove the obstacle by bypassing the European Union to enter talks with Ireland. Asked whether the withdrawal agreement could be salvaged, Mr Mendoza told BBC Politics Live: "That will very much depend on what the tactics are to go to them.

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"One of the best things I’ve seen recently is the idea you don’t go to Brussels but you go instead to Dublin."

The bloc and Ireland have so far maintained a tight alliance, with Brussels insisting they will not abandon the EU member state to secure a deal with the UK.

Mr Mendoza continued: "You literally do a deal with the Irish, whether you bribe them or threaten them, one way or the other, to get them into a position where they are the ones who drop the opposition to the backstop.

"That enables the Europeans to do so."

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Brexit news - Leo Varadkar Boris JohnsonBrexit news: Dublin could be the solution to end the impasse, Mr Mendoza claimed (Image: EC AUDIOVISUAL•BBC)

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Earlier this week Dublin released a series of contingency plan as the risk of negotiations ending in a no deal Brexit scenario increase. 

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe admitted Ireland now see a no deal Brexit as a “significant risk”.

Mr Donohoe said: “From the point of view of the Irish Government, we now believe that the prospect of a disorderly Brexit occurring is now a significant risk.

“And the Irish Government is meeting today now to review our readiness to dealing with this great challenge.”

The contingency measures include plans to introduce new inspection posts to check livestock in order to protect the European Union’s single market, would be

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