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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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