Brexit havoc won’t stop at the backstop

Brexit havoc won’t stop at the backstop

Focus on the border has deflected attention from the meat of the withdrawal agreement, which British civil servants warn will cause ruinous disruption in a no-deal scenario

Almost all of the current Brexit diplomatic and negotiation efforts, at least as they are being reported, centre around the issue of the backstop and whether or not Britain will ever be able to finally cut its ties with the EU of its own volition. If only that were the only problem.

The preoccupation with the backstop has gone beyond dangerous. Rather than selling the overall withdrawal agreement, all the political narrative has been all...

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