Varadkar’s lunacy over the backstop will hurt Republic

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

So while the intrepid taoiseach Leo Varadkar was verbally indulging himself with the ubiquitous backstop at the UK’s expense, he was helping to pave the way to a no-deal which would leave the Republic’s farming and fishing up the creek without a paddle.

His somnolent Minister of Agriculture is now warning Brussels that in the event of a no-deal, the Republic of Ireland will demand mega money in the form of aid, extending to hundreds of millions of Euro between the beef and fishing industry, a situation that EU diplomats fear will trigger a domino effect and similar demands will come from the other 24 cap-in-hand countries.

Now is the time for a less euphoric taoiseach Varadkar to meet Messrs Juncker and Tusk and say ‘ Could I have a quiet word about that ludicrous backstop on the border?’

Wilson Burgess, Londonderry