Were it not for the backstop, May’s deal would get over the line – with support from an overwhelming majority of Conservatives, including us.
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Our plan is supported by remainers like me, by leavers such as David Davis and Dominic Raab and, crucially, by the DUP.
Daniel Hannan: We still have time to switch course from disaster. Just. It’s up to Conservative MPs to act now.
The logic is clear enough. The EU’s choice would be between no backstop and nothing else either; or no backstop and agreement on everything else.
Why Conservative MPs should prepare to call for a confidence vote in the Prime Minister’s leadership this week
A new leader will be a surer means of delivering Brexit if she can’t extract last-minute backstop concessions.
Also: Welsh Labour choose their new leader (and First Minister) this afternoon; Scottish Tories attack SNP over tax divergence plans.
Stephen Booth: The backstop. It’s problematic for the EU as well as the UK – whatever you’re told to the contrary.
There is concern in some capitals that the UK can use it to secure privileged access to the Single Market in goods with, over time, a competitive advantage.
Daniel Hannan: I want to support May’s plan. But I can’t. It proposes a way of leaving the EU that’s exactly the wrong way round.
Instead of leaving the Customs Union but retaining chunks of the Single Market – we shall end up staying in the Customs Union but leaving most of the Single Market.
Giving Northern Ireland a say over the introduction of new EU laws would at least introduce a measure of democracy into the system.
Nick Hargrave: If we join the EEA, others might follow – thus creating a Europe-wide, non-federalist alternative to the EU
As a bloc with heightened economic weight, with the UK as a key influence, it would have greater flexibility to negotiate over issues such as immigration and budgetary contributions.
Keep your eyes fixed on the Withdrawal Agreement, which would be backed by law. Not on this Political Declaration. Which wouldn’t.
A staple of stagecraft magic is misdirection. While his audience is gawping at one thing, the magician is swiftly doing another. So it may be now.
David Shiels: Technological solutions. A greater role for the Assembly. How May could yet win over the DUP.
Rather than going over the heads of the Unionist parties, the Government needs to find a way to address their concerns.
Troublingly, such concerns are the basis for the most unpopular provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement.
From an analysis of the Withdrawal Agreement’s text: How the Irish protocol would separate Great Britain from Northern Ireland.
It can’t have been Parliament’s intention to allow Northern Ireland to form part of a separate customs territory to Great Britain for any purpose.
“And the backstop can only ever be temporary…under the legal arrangements of the European Union.”
From an analysis of the Withdrawal Agreement text: May’s broken promises on the ECJ, the backstop, customs – and dividing the UK
Article 20 says that the backstop will only ‘cease to apply’ if ‘the Union and United Kingdom decide jointly’ that it should end – no sovereign right for the UK to leave.