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I'm not sure the brexiters are consciously aware of it, but the idea of a "time-limited backstop" would effectively put Ireland in an invidious position in the event of the time limit running out.

Ireland is uniquely vulnerable to Brexit with respect to trade with the UK. If any Brexiters have Indeed thought through the time-limit thing, it will be in terms of being able to impose very unfavourable terms of trade on Ireland (with or without an invisible border).


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by eurogreen on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 03:09:40 PM EST
My rule of thumb?

If I have thought of it, someone else has, too.

The pertinent question then is, How should I act?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 03:26:54 PM EST
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Seems to me that someone concerned about the backstop becoming permanent would not support a six- or nine-month Article 50 extension. If two years is not enough time to come to an agreement on the trade relationship between the EU and the UK, how is six months going to be enough?

Because it is the general agreement that is the sticking point, not the specific wording of the treaties. If general agreement can be reached in six months, then 18 months should be sufficient to get the treaties written up.

by asdf on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 06:34:41 PM EST
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