The Irish government has questioned proposals that the Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland could provide the key to breaking the Brexit impasse.
Simon Coveney, the Deputy Prime Minister, expressed skepticism about reports that the Democratic Unionist Party could sign support for the Irish border, which is reserved for Northern Ireland, if the deconcentrated legislature had the right to do so. a veto right on future European rules applicable in the region.
"There is certainly a concern at EU level that a decentralized institution in Northern Ireland may have a veto over the functioning of the single market or a single market border, so that it's not as simple as some people suggest, "Coveney said. after a two-day party in Cork.
Leo Varadkar, in the order of the tacot, said that contacts were ongoing with the DUP and other parties in Northern Ireland, and that further discussions at the government level would likely be scheduled for next week .
But he added that he was unaware of any changes in the trade unionists' position on their refusal to accept checks in the Irish Sea as a means of keeping the Irish border unseen.
The head of the DUP, Arlene Foster, rejected reports that she would have dropped her red lines and would accept EU regulation in some circumstances as nonsense.
Coveney said that there were still no written proposals on the table and that it was "a source of real frustration".
In the case of Northern Ireland, the regulations of the region would remain aligned with those of the EU, even if the UK departed from the EU rules in areas keys after the Brexit. This would allow animals, food and other goods to cross-border trade without customs or health checks.
The DUP denounced this as an attempt to break the UK, but sources said they might reconsider their decision if the safety net came with its own bumper – the so-called "Stormont lock".
This would allow the assembly to have a veto over the EU rules that would apply if and if the rest of the UK diverged from the laws of the EU. EU. The DUP rejected the lock at the time as "aesthetic and meaningless" because it was not legally binding.
Some, however, believe that governance by Stormont could be part of the solution if it was incorporated into the withdrawal agreement.
The frustration comes after a week of shuttle diplomacy during which Boris Johnson flew to Dublin for his first face-to-face meeting with Varadkar since he became prime minister.
In what appeared to be an evolution of his "do not do or don'ts" policy, Johnson said his absolute preference was for an agreement, saying it would be a "policy failure" for all concerned. They were unable to hit a treat.
His change of tone led many people to believe that the mood music had changed and that the space had been cleared for an agreement centered on the original backstop of Northern Ireland.
Phil Hogan, the EU's new trade commissioner and ally of Varadkar, said he detected a change of position offering a glimmer of hope for an agreement.
"I also note that the British Prime Minister has moved away from his position … where he is now ready to examine the divergence of certain rules and regulations on the island of Ireland from the Kingdom United, "he said.
Many believe that this could only survive if the backstop was renamed because it is now considered a toxic term.
Hogan told RTE: "There are already constitutional problems in the withdrawal agreement that may have to be solved if this request is made.Of course, we can examine it.