Northern Ireland-Only Backstop Mooted as Way to Pass Brexit Deal
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September 10 2019

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Northern Ireland-Only Backstop Mooted as Way to Pass Brexit Deal

This article by Kitty Donaldson for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Johnson, who will meet DUP leaders in London on Tuesday, no longer has a working majority after 21 Tory MPs were expelled over their support for the legislation blocking a no-deal Brexit. He’ll have to rely on Labour votes to get a deal passed, even if he can convince the DUP to come back on board.

“The Tory Party has been entirely in hock to the DUP ever since they lost their majority,” Boles said at the launch of the group on Tuesday, referring to the disastrous 2017 general election. The party “is no longer dependent on the DUP for a majority because it doesn’t have a majority because it fired its majority last week.”

 

Eoin Treacy's view

Theresa May hamstrung the UK’s negotiating position by being forced to go into coalition with the DUP following her failed grab for power in calling an early election. The clearest answer to the backstop argument is to draw the border down the middle of the Irish Sea instead of between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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