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EU to send backstop reassurance letter to UK - report

The European Union will issue a letter with a series of reassurances regarding the contentious Irish backstop clause to the United Kingdom later today, the RTE reported on Monday. The letter, which will be jointly sent by the presidents of the European Council and Commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, will say that backstop is not the union's preferred way of avoiding a hard border on the Irish island. The letter will also reportedly say that the EU is not trying to undermine the Good Friday Agreement through the backstop, not it wants to use the clause to covertly "annex" Northern Ireland.

Just one day before the crucial meaningful vote on the Brexit deal in the British Parliament, the letter will once again rule out the possibility of renegotiating the agreement or its backstop, while also refusing a request by the UK to limit the time span of the clause to one year. Meanwhile, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to issue a statement to the House of Commons later today in a final effort to persuade MPs to approve the withdrawal agreement she negotiated with the EU.

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