Good Brexit news? EU, UK & DUP converging on "backstop" which keeps UK in customs union & NI in relevant bits of Single Market (so regulatory, but no customs, "border" in Irish Sea). bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
9:12am Aug 3rd 2018 via Twitter Web Client
Obviously UK would say the backstop would never be invoked/would be temporary until final deal/May's "customs partnership" became operational. In practice, it would become default option...
9:14am Aug 3rd 2018 via Twitter Web Client in reply to jdportes
I have no idea if these stories are accurate or if this is a flier but it strikes me as a clever solution.
9:17am Aug 3rd 2018 via Twitter Web Client in reply to jdportes
Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke
Regs are obvs still most of border checks tbf, and this would be horrendous for Holyhead (a native Cestrian writes), but if the DUP will wear it it's one of the least bad options.
9:21am Aug 3rd 2018 via Twitter Web Client in reply to kevinhorourke jdportes
It is just about plausible, GB in a kind of Turkey relationship, Northern Ireland remains in EU in effect, but pretty awful outcome.
9:27am Aug 3rd 2018 via Twitter for Android in reply to kevinhorourke jdportes
Since there is the precedent of pytosanitary checks it could be seen as an extension of what already exists, and the UK customs union would remain intact...
9:32am Aug 3rd 2018 via Twitter Web Client in reply to alanbeattie jdportes
True but all acquis regs are a lot more onerous than BIP checks on a subset of agrifood. But yes, one of the least bad options.
9:36am Aug 3rd 2018 via Twitter Web Client in reply to kevinhorourke jdportes
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