It appears the BJ&LV are set for a meeting on the border issue, it seems strange to me that an Irish only backstop is being talked about again when it plainly would be against the Act of Union (Ireland) 1800 Article VI
https://www.ft.com/content/eb56d1be-d24 ... 7ebd53ab77
That it be the sixth article of union, that his Majesty’s subjects of Great Britain and Ireland shall, from and after the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and one, be entitled to the same privileges, and be on the same footing as to encouragements and bounties on the like articles, being the growth, produce, or manufacture of either country respectively, and generally in respect of trade and navigation in all ports and places in the united kingdom and its dependencies; and that in all treaties made by his Majesty, his heirs, and successors, with any foreign power, his Majesty’s subjects of Ireland shall have same the privileges, and be on the same footing as his Majesty’s subjects of Great Britain.
(Paywall I can only see it once every now and then)
Leo Varadkar plays down prospects of Brexit breakthrough
Irish prime minister to meet Boris Johnson for first time for talks on border
Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, has warned Boris Johnson that he should not expect any breakthrough in talks on the future of the Irish border as the UK premier makes his first visit to Dublin on Monday.
In comments that underline the challenge facing Mr Johnson ahead of a pivotal week for Brexit, Mr Varadkar said no other EU country shared Britain’s assessment that it was making progress in the talks.
Mr Johnson now says he is pouring his energies into trying to seek a new Brexit deal after MPs voted last week to pass legislation thwarting a no-deal Brexit.
If that is what’s being said, that‘s a very optimistic assessment of where we stand,” Mr Varadkar told reporters after touring new checkpoints at Dublin port that will be used to inspect UK cargo if Britain crashes out of the bloc without a deal next month.
“I don’t expect any big breakthroughs but I do think it’s an opportunity for us to establish a relationship.”
The UK prime minister has not met his Irish counterpart since taking office in July, although they have spoken twice by phone.
Mr Johnson is due to arrive for the high-stakes meeting with Mr Varadkar on Monday morning. Later, in London, he will try a second time to trigger a snap general election but the move is set to be blocked again by opposition MPs.
The administration has been damaged in recent days by the cabinet resignations of both Jo Johnson, the prime minister’s brother, and Amber Rudd, a personal friend — in protest at Number 10 sacking 21 MPs last week for backing the anti-no deal Brexit bill.
Amid the ministerial resignations and the loss of his parliamentary majority, Mr Varadkar questioned whether the UK leader could strike a new deal with Brussels.
“Prime Minister Johnson doesn’t have a majority so I’ll be asking him how he can convince us — Ireland and EU — that he is actually capable or has the votes to get a deal through.”