What is the Irish backstop?
The "Irish backstop" is effectively an insurance policy in UK-EU Brexit negotiations. It's meant to make sure that the Irish border remains open (as it is today) whatever the outcome of the UK and the EU's future relationship negotiations.
The backstop arrangements were agreed between the UK government and EU in November 2018 as part of the draft withdrawal agreement. That draft agreement now needs to be approved by the UK Parliament.
If a withdrawal agreement isn't signed before the end of March 2019 and we have a so-called "no deal" Brexit, there won't be an Irish backstop arrangement.Read Full Article