A few red faces over the backstop might save us in the long run

A few red faces over the backstop might save us in the long run
Boris Johnson ‘is fixated on winning over Brexit Party voters’, so may be afraid of any deal Pic: Getty

A climbdown at this stage would be humiliating for the government, but such a strategy might actually prevent a hard border

With a no-deal Brexit becoming more likely by the day, serious reservations are increasingly being expressed in relation to the Irish government’s backstop policy. A small but growing number of critics have argued that if the backstop itself is what could cause a no deal, perhaps the government ought to rethink. Otherwise, they warn, a measure designed to prevent a hard border could end up bringing one into existence through a no-deal Brexit on October...

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