According to The Daily Telegraph, traditionally a Euro-sceptic paper, senior EU sources have called May’s new plan a non-starter while British government sources are “sceptical” that it would work, as the plan is likely to prove controversial and would require the consent of all the parties involved in Northern Ireland.
Neale Richmond, a member of Ireland’s governing Fine Gael party and chairman of the upper house of parliament’s Brexit committee, said the Good Friday Agreement cannot be renegotiated lightly.
Separately, The Sunday Times reported plans to seek a bilateral treaty with the Irish government as a way to remove the contentious backstop arrangement.
Sky News reported that May is expected to set out plans to try to remove the Irish backstop, in an effort to win around the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.
There are fears that failure to resolve the Northern Ireland border issue could reignite hostilities largely kept in check since the Good Friday Agreement was implemented.
Two men were arrested on Sunday over a car bomb attack in Northern Ireland’s Londonderry, with police linking the bomb to the New IRA militant group.
Police said the main focus of the investigation was on the New IRA – one of a small number of groups opposed to the Good Friday Agreement. The New IRA has claimed sporadic attacks in recent years.