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No sign of those alternative solutions from the British September 18, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

At least not according to the IT.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has discussed informally ideas about a replacement for the backstop with British ministers, he said on Tuesday, but no ideas which could come close to replacing the backstop have been suggested by the British, The Irish Times has learned.

And the Guardian notes:

But there remain grave doubts in Brussels that the UK has an alternative to the Irish backstop that can both satisfy the EU and secure the support of a majority in the British parliament.

One senior EU diplomat said: “No one knows what the UK in the end wants, no one knows whether that’s acceptable to us and no one knows how he’s getting the numbers.”

In the light of what EU officials described as “wide of the mark” press reports suggesting there had been good progress in recent talks, there was some suspicion that Johnson was working to trap the EU in a “blame game”.

You can bet on it.

Meanwhile, this may not be the worst approach from Labour – with Corbyn attempting to position himself as neutral in any forthcoming referendum (the implication of which would be that he would not campaign for any particular outcome).

This would help avoid the situation David Cameron found himself in as prime minister in 2016, when he resigned from No 10 after ending up on the losing side.

But in way with developments speeding towards 31st October it is difficult to see what traction any of this actually has.


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