The Backstop

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Too many wide ranging Brexit threads around, so this is confined to one specific point.
On "The Backstop" itself, I always thought it would apply only as a backstop within the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement.
But in the event of a "no deal Brexit" it could not apply, and the EU would immediately move to impose a hard border between the EU and NI.
Going by the recent utterances of various Irish politicians, and by today's RTE news reports, it seems they have the idea that The Backstop is a true backstop that would apply in all circumstances, including a no-deal Brexit.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? (preferably backed up by facts)
 


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Too many wide ranging Brexit threads around, so this is confined to one specific point.
On "The Backstop" itself, I always thought it would apply only as a backstop within the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement.
But in the event of a "no deal Brexit" it could not apply, and the EU would immediately move to impose a hard border between the EU and NI.
Going by the recent utterances of various Irish politicians, and by today's RTE news reports, it seems they have the idea that The Backstop is a true backstop that would apply in all circumstances, including a no-deal Brexit.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? (preferably backed up by facts)
Even in the case of a no-deal Brexit the GFA would remain in force. This means that things would get really complicated. Hard to know how it will pan out.
 
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Another backstop could see the ROI leave the EU and rejoin the United Kingdom. Everybody happy, eh?
It's more likely that the UK will rush to offload the very expensive NI.
 

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Does the GFA actually specify "no hard border" ?
No. But it requires NI residents with Irish passports to enjoy the rights of IRishton citizenship.
 

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Everyone has an opinion, but there is a distinct lack of facts here, lads and lassies :confused:
 

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Everyone has an opinion, but there is a distinct lack of facts here, lads and lassies :confused:
There are no facts. The UK are on the verge of 'here be dragons' and all bets are off.
 


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