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Flexibility from the EU?

You mean unilateral concessions? Can you throw us some ideas on that?

Some have suggested that the EU could throw Ireland to the dogs by abandoning the "backstop", i.e. the commitment to maintaining an open Irish border. I think this highly unlikely, because it would be a betrayal by 26 heads of government of one of their own.

All the alternatives require the UK to move on from May's "red lines", to either staying in a customs union ("common market"), or leaving northern Ireland in the EU customs union.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 04:01:46 PM EST
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Or, (other May red line), permitting the free movement of persons.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 04:27:20 PM EST
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"and", not "or".

There is no Brexit that doesn't leave Ireland as a customs union. Bottom line, and fuck the DUP.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 04:47:49 PM EST
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It does seem as if May could throw the DUP overboard at this point. They didn't push her agreement over the line, they won't push the confidence vote over the line, they won't push the election over the line.

And an obvious way forward would be a united Ireland anyway. I don't suppose that could be effected in six weeks, but maybe it could.*

What's the point of keeping them on board?

*Note that this option is not included on the various Brexit process flow charts.

by asdf on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 05:01:31 PM EST
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The DUP voted with the government this evening and were responsible for the defeat of the no-confidence motion. Without them, the Tories would have fallen short.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 08:09:33 PM EST
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Welp, with the DUP firmly on board, the backstop issue isn't going away.
by asdf on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 01:22:14 PM EST
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