On Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:52:09 +0100, Yellow wrote...
Post by Yellow Post by The Todal
I think Theresa's deal will become increasingly attractive in the coming
weeks. It would have to be repackaged as Boris's Deal.
You are not alone in that opinion and are probably right, but only if
the back stop issue can be resolved.
IIRC, the backstop was the solution to the EU's initial proposal, which
would effectively have put the border down the middle of the Irish Sea
and kept Northern Ireland subject to EU rules.
Of course, Theresa May needed parliamentary support from the DUP, who
would never have agreed to that. The backstop was the resulting
Didn't the EU originally propose that the backstop need only apply to
Northern Ireland? But again, the DUP wouldn't have agreed. So Theresa
May insisted that it had to cover the whole country. Otherwise she saw
that she wouldn't have a majority to get it through Parliament.
But that made her problem worse, not better, because she lost the
support of a lot of Tories, not just the DUP.
Boris is telling us he can find an alternative way, but no-one
(including him apparently) has any clue what it might be.
From the EU's point of view, the Single Market is the cornerstone of
what they are. It relies on strict border controls at all the external
boundaries of the EU, so that there don't need to be any restrictions at
the internal borders. All the EU member states need to be able to trust
the others to police those external borders.
But if there is a leaky land border between Northern Ireland and the
Republic, that trust breaks down because the Irish won't be able to
I think Boris and other Brexiters have failed to understand that this is
what makes the EU tick. To them, it's an existential problem, and they
already have a solution (a border down the Irisn Sea). Or failing that,
a backstop which has to be guaranteed until such time as a better
solution is agreed.
And to the EU, finding a solution which satisfies them is Boris's job
because it's us that wants to leave without either of the solutions
Which he's never going to do if he doesn't even understand where they
are coming from. Especially when he's promising that we leave on 31st
October, do or die, so there isn't even going to be a transition period
to work on it.
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