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    "Government insiders remain hopeful they can persuade EU leaders to give Barnier the green light to drop the “backstop to the backstop” – the insistence that the EU’s proposal for avoiding a hard border in Ireland must be included in the legally binding withdrawal agreement."

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    Give me strength...

    What these ámadáns are calling the "backstop to the backstop" is what the rest of the EU calls the backstop.

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    A backstop, moreover, that HMG signed up to in December 2017. And confirmed in March 2018.

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    In March they signed up to the following:

    "the negotiators agree that a legally operative version of the “backstop” solution for the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, in line with paragraph 49 of the Joint Report..."

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    "..., should be agreed as part of the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement, to apply unless and until another solution is found"

    ec.europa.eu/commission/sit…

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    We don't have time to waste at this stage. Hoping that EU leaders can be persuaded to shaft Ireland is a waste of time. Stop wasting time.

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