But the Commons has dug in against the Withdrawal Agreement. These immovable obstacles seemingly point in only one direction: a general election.
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“No infrastructure on the border, because I believe passionately in that. It is necessary for our Union.”
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.
Also: Dublin urged to ‘come clean’ over support for IRA during the Troubles; Welsh tax powers come into force; and Salmond inquiry tells Sturgeon not to destroy evidence.
If she insists on a functioning Assembly before a no-deal Brexit, why on earth would Sinn Fein oblige her?
The divisions and impatience exposed could well be real, but it doesn’t follow that Brussels is about to suddenly shift its policy.
The Attorney General is asking difficult legal questions about it which Dublin, Brussels, and even many in London would rather draw a veil over.
“There was no mention whatsoever of any infrastructure, any hard border” in Dublin’s preparations for a WTO Brexit.
Also: Backlash grows against SNP’s new tax; Labour AM apologises for antisemitic comment; and Scottish Tories say they’ve stopped Johnson.
David Shiels: By talking up a No Deal Irish border poll, Ministers are playing into Sinn Fein’s hands
The topic is being discussed – including at Cabinet – but that in itself is not convincing evidence that such a major change is imminent.
The Taoiseach was speaking ahead of today’s talks with Theresa May and Northern Irish political leaders.
She sought to reassure the “many people…worried about what Parliament’s rejection of the withdrawal deal means for them.”
He talks Brady, Norway, prorogation, and postponing Article 50, and explains why the ERG is “not a fourth party”. Plus: does the Queen listen to the Moggcast?
The Withdrawal Agreement is far from ideal, but strip it of its worst fault – the backstop – and we can build a viable majority to proceed.
Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister is blunt: “We have already agreed to a series of compromises.”