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Chequers is a red herring. But there's no mystery here.

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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by Cat on Mon Sep 24th, 2018 at 12:09:20 AM EST
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