Incoming EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan tells @PatrickSmyth1 Leo Varadkar wants to explore returning to the original Northern Ireland only backstop. Says he's 'hopeful that the penny is finally dropping with the UK' on the need for NI-GB 'divergence'. https://t.co/1tFEFWp7Dg

— Nick Gutteridge (@nick_gutteridge) September 10, 2019