There will, however, be no aid package for the UK... The article also makes a point that I had been anticipating: if the EU were to give in to Johnson on the backstop this would destroy its credibility on the wider international stage.
No surprise at all - Team Johnson’s hardening rhetoric has caused a response that makes his situation worse. ‘EU prepares huge aid package for Ireland’
The Times is reporting the European Commission is drawing up a multibillion pound aid package for Ireland to offset the economic damage of a no-deal Brexit