From the start, the trade bloc has not fully understood the Belfast Agreement and has been slow to see that it undermined many of its positions.
Posts Tagged: Customs
Stephen Booth: On the Northern Ireland Protocol, the UK’s negotiating hand is stronger than people think
The formal deadline for agreeing an extension to the transition period is close, but Britain is unlikely to ask for one.
There is a good reason why they have rejected all limiting amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement, and are making legislative provision for swift divergence.
Amid heated speculation, we reproduce the possible outcome presented by the former EU adviser to Theresa May.
The unrebuttable fact is that the Prime Minister is in breach of her word, and that the collapse of trust in the Party threatens to be terminal.
Bim Afolami: Why I am joining the Commission seeking Alternative Arrangements for the Northern Ireland border
If you are sceptical, I understand. I was too. But this is the only viable way forward.
Our last four surveys found rising support for it. Now there is a shift the other way. That bodes badly for any concessions to Corbyn on customs.
The EU asks: what do you want? But the Commons has said what it wants. Namely, the so-called Brady Amendment.
Whilst it remains the case that the Protocol could conceivably remain in force indefinitely, that scenario has become more theoretical than it was previously.
Robert Halfon: If you don’t like the backstop and you want a Brexit deal done quickly, there’s only one answer: Common Market 2.0
I voted for the Prime Minister’s deal today. But the Commons didn’t – and we now all need a positive alternative.
It is neo-colonialist for MPs to attempt to do otherwise in relation to Crown Dependencies – and the attempt should be resisted.
Whichever way the Prime Minister eventually goes, she will also continue to run the risk of splitting the Conservative Party.
Such deals can seem intangible and conceptual, so I and a team of experts are today launching a proposed agreement which both sides could accept.
At the heart of the disagreement between “People’s Vote” campaigners and the Norway Plus supporters is whether the 2016 result is accepted or not.
Our plan is supported by remainers like me, by leavers such as David Davis and Dominic Raab and, crucially, by the DUP.