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

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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