Ireland’s deputy prime minister has branded Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan a “non-starter”, crushing hopes that an alternative to the Irish backstop can be reached. The Prime Minister’s proposals to solve the Irish border challenge were leaked to the press on Monday and included plans for custom posts along both sides of the Irish backstop. Irish broadcaster RTE reported the posts would be built between five and 10 miles away from the current border but Simon Coveney poured cold water on the plans and said Ireland and Northern Ireland “deserves better”.
Mr Johnson’s final Brexit plan, aimed at securing a deal with the EU, also involved real-time tracking devices on lorries to track goods making their way north and south.
The proposals were reportedly made in a non-paper, effectively a pre-briefing to the official plan, and are believed to form the cruz of the UK’s formal backstop proposal to the EU in the coming days.
But Dublin look set to dispute the proposals, after the deputy prime minister heavily condemned it on Twitter.
Mr Coveney wrote: “Non-Paper = Non-Starter. Time the EU had a serious proposal from the UK Govt if a #Brexit deal is to be achievable in October. NI and IRE deserves better!”
Boris Johnson's Brexit plan has been dubbed a 'non-starter' by Dublin (Image: Getty)
Boris Johnson will submit his final Brexit proposals to the EU this week (Image: Getty)
Other Irish politicians piled on the criticism of the reported plans.
Lisa Chambers, the Fianna Fail Brexit spokeswoman tweeted: “This is effectively a border with a buffer zone and is clearly not a satisfactory alternative to the #backstop.
“With 30 days now to go until #Brexit we need to see sensible workable solutions that ensure no hard border on the island of