Germany joins Ireland in rejecting proposed ‘five-year’ backstop limit

Polish foreign minister says London, Dublin ‘playing chicken’ over post-Brexit border

Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz: Warsaw political observers say he has no political base and little connection to party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Photograph: Robert Ghement

Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz: Warsaw political observers say he has no political base and little connection to party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Photograph: Robert Ghement

Ireland and Germany have dismissed a proposal from Poland’s foreign minister to break the Brexit deadlock with a five-year limit on the Irish backstop.

The proposal by Jacek Czaputowicz marked the first time an EU minister has broken rank on the issue, but senior Polish sources told The Irish Times the minister was not speaking for the government in Warsaw.

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