Juncker warns May: permanent customs union is price for revisiting backstop

Deputy Frans Timmermans accuses Tory Brexiters of a ‘cavalier’ approach to peace

Jean-Claude Juncker has told Theresa May in a private phone call that shifting her red lines in favour of a permanent customs union is the price she will need to pay for the EU revising the Irish backstop.

Without a major shift in the prime minister’s position, the European commission president told May that the current terms of the withdrawal agreement were non-negotiable.

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