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The deal is about the political severance. Then we enter into negotiations about the trading relationships and the backstop says that, in order to preserve the open border, tariffs on either side of the border must remain the same until such time as an alternative agreement exists. If Ulster leaves the EU as part of the UK, then it follows that either Ulster stays within the EU tariff zone while Britain (ie England, Scotland and Wales) go off and do their thing or the whole of the UK remains in the tariff zone (and unable to do separate trading deals).
this makes the backstop, which is a legal requirement under international treaty into a poison pill for the Tories. They don't really care about Ulster all that much, despite their wittering on about the Union, but they do care about the votes of the DUP in Westminster.
And that's why Boris is determined to end the backstop, not the deal itself. But the backstop is the non-negotiable part which is not really in the gift of the EU to waive.
It's the ultimate Eton boys bluff. They think that speaking slowly and loudly means that they can get what they want, rules are just for little people, not bold-world conquerors like english public school Oxford graduates. Seize the day !!! They don't like it up 'em. etc etc.
This works in Westminster and to a lesser extent in Washington. It cuts no ice whatsoever in Brussels, which annoys them immensely and is part of the reason they want to leave.
keep to the Fen Causeway
honoured by ensuring that there will be an open border between the Republic and Ulster.
keep to the Fen Causeway
Boris has a perfectly good strategy, which is to use no-deal Brexit as a way to ride into the history books. Regardless of whether it is a huge success or a complete fiasco, he will show up as the PM who confronted Europe. Theresa May will be a footnote, along with Cameron and whats-his-name and that other one.
To obtain that, Pfeffle would have to demonstrate exactly how his alternative system would operate. For the moment, 1) he has no alternative system on offer, 2) he is refusing to enter discussions unless the EU first agrees to pull the backstop from the agreement.
That is a recipe for no discussion and no deal. The notion that the EU would sign an agreement in which no watertight arrangement was provided for in respect of the border of the free market and customs union, and of the particular needs of the island of Ireland, is unicornical.
Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
How well this flip-flop goes down with electors is immaterial, because he's five years out from the next election (and the list of horrors he will have done by then will be so long that the betrayal of the Unionists will be barely a footnote)
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
1) he has no alternative system on offer
Well that's not true. He has a unicorn stampede scheduled for All Hallows Eve.
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