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The agreement may be so minimalist that UK negotiators will have difficulty justifying any financial settlement in return which, again, makes any agreement difficult if not impossible. Some issues, like the Irish Border, may be sidetracked for agreement "later" possibly as part of a separate bilateral deal subject to EU blessing.

I don´t think the EU can "sidetrack" the Irish border issue. In your scenario Britain will be a "third country". Which means border controls. Otherwise the USA, China ... will involve the WTO citing the non-discrimination rules.

by Detlef (Detlef1961_at_yahoo_dot_de) on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 02:33:02 PM EST
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Including N. Ireland in the Single Market and Customs Union, after a UK government is no longer dependent on the DUP, would not create any precedent for other third parties.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 21st, 2017 at 10:26:44 AM EST
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