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Giving another extension has already been mooted on the EU side. However, it is not the same thing as accepting to do away with the backstop.

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
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 02:01:22 PM EST
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Yes, of course my hypothesis is that Alex's strategy is contingent on the Irish Question. But this is part of the huff and puff. My expectation is that once he has a Conservative-Leave majority, he doesn't need the DUP, and summarily ditches them, and finds the backstop a jolly good idea after all.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 02:11:22 PM EST
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This is pretty much my hypothesis in this diary. What Pfeffle is aiming at is a manageable Tory majority and five years in Number 10 for him.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 02:17:52 PM EST
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1) he has no alternative system on offer

Well that's not true.  He has a unicorn stampede scheduled for All Hallows Eve.

by rifek on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 03:38:26 PM EST
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That's his secret weapon. It will strike fear into the (already craven by definition) hearts of the Johnny Foreigners.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:12:15 PM EST
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Thus spake Piffle of Piff All.
by rifek on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 07:27:46 PM EST
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Or, as he likes to call his ancient seat, Sweet Pfeff 'all.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 06:01:00 AM EST
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Don't think for one moment we don't know what you did there... still, you set that one up nicely...:-)

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 08:51:36 AM EST
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