Jean-Claude Juncker ignored EU commissioners warnings that Brexit backstop would cause problems –


Jean-Claude Juncker ignored warnings over the Brexit border backstop from his British and Irish commissioners during negotiations with the UK, it has emerged. 

The former president of the European Commission asked for advice in the “college of commissioners”, a weekly Cabinet-style meeting in Brussels, after a briefing from Michel Barnier, the chief Brexit negotiator.

Sir Julian King and Phil Hogan, the UK and Ireland’s EU commissioners, both warned Mr Juncker that the deep historical problems around the Irish border could not be overcome by a legalistic text such as the backstop.

People in the region could “react” because of that history, Sir Julian, who was responsible for security in the EU, told…

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