1. Exquisite Tweets from @jdportes, @kevinhorourke, @alanbeattie, @DavidHenigUK

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    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/…

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    jdportes

    Jonathan Portes

    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...

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    jdportes

    Jonathan Portes

  2. I have no idea if these stories are accurate or if this is a flier but it strikes me as a clever solution.

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    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

  3. 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.

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  4. It is just about plausible, GB in a kind of Turkey relationship, Northern Ireland remains in EU in effect, but pretty awful outcome.

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    DavidHenigUK

    David Henig

  5. 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...

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    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

  6. 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.

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie