PUBLISHED: 11:11, Thu, Aug 1, 2019 | UPDATED: 11:15, Thu, Aug 1, 2019
Robin Swann complained about Ireland and the EU’s refusal to reopen negotiations with the UK to solve the Brexit impasse. He also added that he hopes it never boils down to a decision between accepting the Irish backstop and a no deal Brexit. He told BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis: “I suppose the analogy comes today when we met the Prime Minister, we were talking about two main thrusts.
“And that was restoring the institutions and where Brexit goes.
“When it comes to restoring the institutions the European Union and the Irish government are telling all the parties here that 'there is time'.
“'To step up and do the brave thing, get to the tough negotiations, you still have the ability to do this'.
“But when it comes to us or comes to the UK government actually engaging with the Irish government or the European Union what they are saying is 'no there is no negotiations'.
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Robin Swann demanded Leo Varadkar take responsibility for the N.I backstop issue (Image: BBC)
Robin Swann said he hoped he never has to chose between a backstop and no deal (Image: BBC)
“They say 'this is where it sits, this is as far as we can go'.
“So we are coming to a very crucial time point here.”
The BBC Newsnight host then questioned what was the next course of action if the EU refuses to move on any of its red lines and the Northern Ireland party has to choose between the backstop or a no deal Brexit.
Mr Swann replied: “Well, I hope we never get to that point of view because it would be detrimental to the