The EU has already opened the door to starting discussions about such alternative arrangements the minute that the Withdrawal Agreement is approved.
A devolved government, shut for over two years now, is a damning indictment on all the five main parties here.
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There is a mismatch between Government announcements and Commons realities. It cannot attempt reforms without risking them being amended out of recognition.
He adds that “she failed to deliver on the promises she made…She came back with deal which potentially led to a division between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”
If she insists on a functioning Assembly before a no-deal Brexit, why on earth would Sinn Fein oblige her?
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May has clearly given up on the party – not without reason – so will it now give up in her? What happens to what’s left of the confidence and supply deal?
The point is that we’re already signed up to a form of one under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. That’s what the backstop’s all about.
The EU asks: what do you want? But the Commons has said what it wants. Namely, the so-called Brady Amendment.
Precisely because it would be a rather unnecessary addition to the current deal, it is hard to argue that the proposal would be a disaster for Brexit.
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He describes the backstop as “a con trick which breaks up the UK”.
“It was always totally unrealistic for the prime minister to pretend that she could drop the backstop entirely”.
The EU won’t grant us a long extension for fear of what European elections here would produce. If we hold our nerve, the UK will Brexit on WTO terms in April.