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There are a number of reasons why the EU (as well as many in the UK) reject the Chequers proposals, but that simply isn't the problem right now, which is to conclude a Brexit deal including a legally operable backstop guarantee that no future arrangements will be entered into which would require a hard customs border within Ireland.
Precisely how that will be achieved can be a matter for another day. May says that it is now up to the EU to produce a working alternative to her Chequers proposals. That can be done in due course, but won't be included in the Brexit Treaty in any case.
But if she wants a Brexit deal to create that opportunity, she must first agree the backstop. And if she doesn't like the EU draft, it is up to her to come up with a better one.
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The EU did not reject the "Chequers proposal", because it is not a declaration of regulatory procedures in itself (the "backstop" expected). It's a Tory "manifesto" and articulates a profoundly devious political posture to the problem of UK-EU port customs controls. Because Tory gov's latest pretext for caring about the GFA, a semblance of an actual "backstop" proposal was delivered the month before.
Technical note: temporary customs arrangement, 6 June
Wherein Tory gov demands tariff-free trade for the whole UK, rejects custom control of any sort, and requires liberty to enter FTAs with rest-of-world.
The tech solution is the EU's effort to develop one of Tory gov's dodges from last year. Only god knows what tripe May slipped Macron in August.
Anyone should see why Tory members rejected the "Chequers proposal". May had the nerve to convey from EU a joint EU-UK custom controls on the Big Island and NI. Also they're assholes.
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