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The very fact that it is now only a few paragraphs dealing with the Irish backstop - out of a complex 600 page agreement - that are now in contention is progress in itself.

This is not the case: those paragraphs are just a convenient excuse for the nutters to justify their opposition to the deal as a whole, largely because their opposition to the whole idea and wish for a no deal, no constraints exit sounds nuts to anyone faintly normal.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 at 10:35:24 AM EST
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Yep, and for that reason the no dealers will continue to find fault with whatever solution is dreamed up in relation to the backstop impasse. But discussion of all other aspects of the deal has effectively ended and so those who do want a deal will now have to swallow the 600 pages lock, stock, and barrel bar whatever emollient phrases are dreamed up around the backstop.

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